With all due respect one trim is rarely sufficient to fix poorly addressed feet – unless the hooves are not as bad as we are thinking. If you can snap some picutres, we have some fantastic people on this board who are very knowledgeable re: hoof issues/angles.
Sounds like you gave him an upgrade re: his feed. I like Sentinel but just make sure your BM knows that a quart of BS-LS is not the same as a qt of sweetfeed in terms of volume… so you may need to feed “more” to get the same amount weight-wise. I had a hard time maintaining weight on my hard keeper on BS-LS and ended up switching to Fibremax, but I do like the BS-LS’ panel.
I suspect if his angles were not that great and he has very little hoof wall and soft feet, that he may have some soreness that needs to be worked through before you worry about his topline. The topline is one of the last things to really fill out in a horse.
If his feet are soft think about some sort of topical… I like Farrier’s Fix or Cobra-Hoof Freeze, both I’ve seen help develop callous. If he has very little hoof wall you are going to want to limit the amount of work he is doing until some more grows in.[/QUOTE]
I don’t think one trim could ever totally make over a hoof. I do think you are imagining the worst. He basically was all toe and no heel. They take a minimum of six months to grow a half a hoof. His angles are still too low, but with such soft/minimal hoof wall to nail to, farrier had to work with what we had. He was cleared for work by vet and farrier. Small hills, flatwork at w/t, cavaletties to start topline development. Bottom line was he needed better nutrition, some back muscles, and movement to encourage hoof growth.
And yes, we are building him up to a bigger ration of grain, all of our horses are on it and we have been feeding it for years. It really is a great feed when feed properly. Since we switched his feed completely, I didn’t want the shock to his system to cause colic.
We were instructed to put a sealant on his feet three times a week, until his next shoeing. Ive been using Tuff Stuff and are am having great results. Farrier stopped by the other day to check and said he is progressing well and hopefully will be able to get heel pads since he has a better/stronger wall.
His feet will be a long process. But they both (vet and farrier) told us to ride him. But we are keeping it to a minimum; 3 days a week for no more than an hour. I will definitely try to get pics.