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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Shoes

Our farrier met with our vet last Friday and went over Riva's x-rays and instructions.  Today he was out to trim and shoe her.  Riva is not the best 'patient', but has been getting better every visit.  She was awesome today - stood very still and was most cooperative.  At least we are making progress in that department! 

Pic of her left front, after trim and new aluminum shoe

Farrier cut back her toe a bit and shimmed her heels up slightly with this shoe.  Reason being she has a negative palmer in her coffin bone. 

Pic of her right front, club foot with her custom made steel shoe

This foot he trimmed off about an inch from the toe and about a half inch of heel.  He spent a good half hour making this shoe.

Hoping these bell boots stay on and keep her pricey new shoes on her feet!

The vet wants to see Riva back the middle of June.  She will be at 2 1/2 weeks, by that time, in these shoes.  No riding, lunging, working till the vet sees her.  She is on normal turn out.  Our farrier said he will see her again in 5 weeks, unless our vet wants her seen sooner, or heaven forbid...she loses a shoe.

Just spoke with our working student daughter, by phone,  She sounds so in her element, loving her new position, but tired :)


SprinklerBandit said...

I'm curious--what's the rational for having one steel shoe and one aluminum? They must weigh quite a bit differently.

I'm not saying it's right or wrong, I just genuinely have no idea.

Kelly said...

Thanks to another blogger, I figured out how to change my comment format so everyone can comment again...ok, my husband figured it out :)

One steel and one aluminum shoe - the steel on the right because the farrier had to custom make it on site to match her foot. The aluminum because it is temporary and he could buy it with the wedged heels. They really are not a lot different in weight since the aluminum is very thick all around. Great question!

achieve1dream said...

Be careful with the shoe that has the bar across the frog. That can trap stuff and cause really bad thrush. Did you ever check out I don't understand why your vet is doing what he's doing, but I don't know a whole lot about corrective shoeing. What does negative palmer mean? Is there rotation?

achieve1dream said...

Oh and what did you do for the comments? Apparently people are having trouble commenting on mine too. :(