Readers Respond: Challenging Feet
- Jun 2, 2008
More than 1,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you think Big Brown's hoof issues might be a factor in his bid for the Triple Crown?"
- No: 75.35% (761)
- Yes: 24.65% (249)
Read about his feet in: Big Brown's Feet Not So Bad, Farriers Say.
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- hmmmm, lets see. Horse on Winstrol Steroid, built up fake heels and hooves.Why not implant muscles?
- love of money is root of all evil
- Greedy people kill horses
- People always get such a scare with the slightest injury...
- He's a mediocre horse winning against a very weak crop of 3 year olds.
- They'll run him. Poor horse.
- horses weren't meant to wear shoes! glued or nailed.
- His farriers seem to know what they are doing
- been there with foot problems and hoof/wall separation; it's in the management
- We use extreme measures to try to remedy over-use damage caused by people! When will we wake up?
- Another thoroughbred raced with crappy hooves - what a surprise...
- I think the farrier has the answer at this time
- No hoof, no horse.
- not a factor for racing BUT a factor for breeding!
- Because excellent farriership and the horses desire to win are just a super combination !!!
- his chances are better if he is shod natural balance
- not with the professional hoof care he is receiving.
- It's just to much pressure on a horse's body to race at such a young age!
- Change the racing age!
- Anytime there are any weaknesses in the hoof it could potentially pose a problem.
- Either racing self-governs or animal rights groups will.
- Good farriers on hand will be sure he is sound and ready.
- IF a bare foot horse under is own power (and obvious health) cannot compete without shoes ?????
- All you guys need to stop hating on Big Brown. Your just jealous that he won.
- Not if he has sound feet and good shoeing!
- After Eight Belles I am done with horse racing. It should be banned.
- Hoof issues ALWAYS affect how a horse moves, but alternatives can help.
- not at all it is just the same racing shoes just added padding that is the only differnce
- EVERY athlete has flaws and when there heart is in the game (like big brown's) they learn toovercome
- I think his shoes are doing their job.
- The only issue for me is the cruelty of the racing industry, He should be home in a paddock!
- his problems seem to be older
- Farriers--great ones--can do wonders!
- any horses hooves could have an effect on the triple crown
- After the derby's loss of 8 belles I refuse to watch it anymore!
- yes i do because i love horses and iv read all the horse things and i really do think it would help
- win loose or die, the owner gets rich and the horse is abused.
- I think that level of stress on any horse makes it an issue
- Hopefully they will pull his shoes when he is done racing and let his hoof's heal. No hoof No horse!
- He's awesome he'll be lucky to have other competition
- Horrible feet! Horrible shoes and repairs. I'm a dedicated barefooter
- I hope he does it, horse racing desparately needs a hero!
- his foot issues should also give one pause when choosing to breed to him (or not.)
- He has the best of care
- Breeding for speed vs. quality; you lose something in the process -- I don't agree with it.
- They race them too young & train to young
- Not with those shoes! They are awesome and should be standard for ALL horses!
- We could see another fatality on the track. Horse racing needs to be abolished.
- I think that bad hooves shouldn't be bred.
- He has great farriers, seams like they fixed the problem already.
- The special shoes seem to be working to prevent the quarter cracks.
- I believe that his owners will be sure to keep him as sound as possible
- have won money on him expect more
- They obviously are not bothering him now and I am sure his Farriers are among the best they can get.
- No,the trainer will give extra TLC between no and the Belmont,go Big Brown,deliver the big one 4 us.
- His feet seem A o.K. as he has a very good farriers on this
- I think people are making a huge ordeal out of nothing.
- It would appear that his hoof issues have been dealt with successfully.
- at least I hope not! I want to see him WIN!
- The fact of steriod use will negate the bad feet. I can't believe this is an accepted practice!!
- Sounds like his farriers know what they're doing.
- I'll be rooting for Big Brown!
- looks like under control for 3 more wks
- Is it really responsible to make him a major stud with such a defect?
- it really depends on how his feet hold up between now and then, if no obvious damage than no problem
- Just read your article and so it sounds like feet are under control.
- As long as they keep the same type of shoes on him, he should have no problem.
- as long as the hoof filler stays in place. In the pictures it seems that he has a putty filler.
- clearly his farriers have this under control. Horses feet issues are usually correctable
- Not with the special shoes he's getting! He is awesome!
- I truly believe in corrective shoeing. I have a TB that has made a remarkable change due to this met
- His farriers obviously have it under control.
- It sounds to me that they have taken care of the problem so it is no longer an issue.
- I think if his problems are that severe, why race him? Another accident & death?
- It is an additional 'something' to worry about.
- If he had them in the other too races it is going to be the same for him.
- Maybe, maybe not. We have to wait and see. Bless his heart. I guess we need another Barbaro...
- new cushioned shoes made fopr this horse
- Sometimes glued shoes come off and take the hoof too.
- as a farrier I think his shoes will not have any factors as long as the superfast and adhear hold
- It would appear that his farrier has solved the problem using the glue on shoes.
- he should be fine
- Quarter cracks are common on race horsees and these 2 farriers seem to ahve everything under control
- Ian McKinlay is doing a good job on his feet and there should be any problem.
- there are far worse hoof issues besides this
- Good feet, bad feet - this horse has tremendous speed
- no, not after reading what they are doing for him with Yasha pads.
- It sounds like these glue on shoes are effective
- He no longer has "issues"!
- They would not take that chance to lose him now.He is as exciting as watching Secretariat
- After winning the Preakness today, I'd say no.
- They've been working on them for a while. He has fabulous farriers to keep his feet in great shape.
- Why take the chance after the recent fatalities.
- GO BIG BROWN!!!! TRIPLE CROWN HERE HE COMES!!!!
- It appears that a thorough analysis has been done of the issues and a successful solution determined
- You can't hurry healing! Hoprfully the worst is over...
- If he indeed had problems only with abscesses and they're healed his feet should hold up .
- Pounding of hooves & delicate legs... NO racing until3 yrs old
- He has a heck of a farrier! Without him B.B whouldn'd have a chance.
- Unless they are being less than truthful
- Screw the risk of a catastrophic death like the others, lets race him anyway! People are disgusting
- Horses w/foot "problems" compete successful in many disciplines w/competent farrier.
- His feet are well managed
- Horse racing is evil and should be illegal
- won't be a factor - he is an awesome athlete
- Racing a physcially developing youngster leads to foot and other breakdown.
- He's made it 2/3s of the way, hopefully he can finish that and be on his way to stud. He's so cute!
- Proper shoeing, which he has will help
- They have it under control
- He is being used to make money, he will break down, no hoof no horse. He will die. It is that simple
- Saw the Yasha shoes...ok..could have better breakover/knee and pastern stress.
- Great farriers working on him
- He's done well so far.
- I knew he was great when I saw h im in the Florida derby. I knew he would win the Triple Crown
- Compliments to the farriers
- No hoof, no horse, he'll be find so long as they maintain them...
- His feet WERE a problem; the glue-on shoes are resolving it. GO GET 'EM, BB!!
- Seems like the glue on shoes are working, TB's are notorious for bad feet.
- Sounds like they are on top of it.
- Long as he wins, what does it matter if his hooves shatter once he's across the finish line?
- Not with diligent care
- To save his feet, he may not be properly conditioned to face the 1 1/2 mile race.
- I think it's abusive to be running these young horses, and they should be barefoot.
- That last quarter mile in the Belmont is what makes or breaks a Triple Crown winner.
- "hopefully, great feet"
- High tech farriery can keep him sound but will he pass on his feet to his offspring?very likely...
- Sure doesn't look like it's a problem
- A positive factor. He's lucky to be wearing the plastic shoes instead of the aluminum.
- Race horses are so competitive they will run without hooves.
- His farrier is on top of it, he is a strong contender for a historical conclusion!
- Sounds like his farrier's are keeping him sound
- glue's just as good nails : )
- The current method of repair probably makes his feet STRONGER than a normal trim and shoe.
- It sounds like they have his feet problems under control
- We like our Equiflex synthetic shoes on our endurance horses .
- Could be. Everything and then some can be an issue in racing....
- It is a shame that he will sire many with poor feet like himself.
- Big Brown is awesome! He will be the next Triple Crown Winner!
- Could they be from someone nailing in the white line???
- Wake up! METAL SHOES increase concussion. Go BAREFOOT
- he won so handily in the Preakness without even being asked -they wont stop a Triple Crown.
- He should NOT be pushed...we do not need Another Eight Belles incident in racing!!!!!
- It won't be his feet that make him lose. It'll be the FASTER COMPETITION.
- Sounds like the ferrier/trainer have the right treatment plan in place. Should not be a problem.
About the Author
Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care.
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