What to do about a sprung horse shoe!
For the most part, a sprung, tweaked, or yanked off horse shoe needs to be managed on a case by case basis. For some tweaked shoes, leaving it on is the best case. Other times, like if it’s hanging on by a thread, it’s time for you to remove it before the farrier comes to tack it back on.
But how do you decide if the shoe can stay, or if you need to pull it? If the shoe is basically on and only missing a nail or two, you may be OK. If the shoe is bent, your horse will have a hard time standing on it and it will likely need to come off. Any twisting should be taken on a case by case basis. The beauty of technology is that you can take a photo and send it to your farrier for advice!
Let’s assume you have removed the offending shoe, or your horse has removed it for you. Now you are left with a naked foot. It’s important that you do a few things here:
Now it's time to go find the shoe...
What you should NOT do is trim the hoof or use a rasp before the farrier can get to you. That should be done right before the shoe gets replaced. You should also NOT pull the other shoe to “even” him out, the Hoof Wrap support and pad will do that for you.