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A friend of mine owns an 8 year old gray mare about 17-2. She has had trouble with white line disease and one of the hooves was resected and hoof repair material was used. The horse also has bar shoes.
Her trainer thinks the horse should have glue-on shoes because of the hoof wall. Her current farrier says he doesn't think much of glue-on shoes and doesn't think the nails are damaging the hoof wall.
She's getting really confused because she doesn't know which way to go with this. The trainer wants her to go to one of the experts in the glue-on technology (this would probably cost around $1000 consider the cost of the expert (and the expert's expenses). She's willing to pay it in order to save the horses feet (she raised the horse from birth).
-Ronda Henkels / LaGrangeville, NY
I have found the Mustad GluStrider products to be useful in some situations. But in an onychomycosis infected hoof that has been resected and reconstructed, glue on shoes may not be the best way to go.
More importantly, the farrier is the hoof care professional... Not the trainer! If the attending farrier is considered competent to do the work you have described, I would suggest letting him call the shots for shoeing the horse.
Is the white powder in the bottom of my horse's hooves thrush? What should I do about it?
Samantha Spencer / Charlotte, NC
No. The white powder is exfoliating sole. It is a normal feature of a healthy hoof, even if it does smell bad.
Thrush is a nasty black discharge from the commisures and frog. It has a strong, acrid stench. Thrush is usually superficial, but can infect sensitive tissues in advanced cases. The best treatment/prevention is to keep the hooves clean and dry. Mild antiseptic chemicals applied to the affected areas are also useful.
How do you feel about jumping a horse with navicular? If I keep pads on him and he stays sound will he be ok, or should I consider not jumping him at all? The thing is that he loves to jump and does such a good job at it. I don't suppose that there is anything else we could do. He has aluminum egg bar shoes with wedge pads.
-Linda Mynatt / Columbus, OH
If your horse is staying serviceably sound in the shoe package you describe without any Bute or other pain killers, and your farrier and vet think it's okay, I'd let him work.
Watch him carefully to see if he goes sour on jumping though. That could be a sign that he is starting to hurt again.
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