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Any way to soften hooves for farrier?

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        02-13-2014, 10:56 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    Hey consider it a blessing, I've got one horse that I can hardly get his feet hard and dry. If he even sees moisture they fall apart. I durasole everyday and he has been on a hoof supplement for the last four years I've owned him. I would much rather have your "problem"
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        02-14-2014, 01:05 AM
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    Green Broke
    You want the hoof to have some moisture since it helps keep the tissue flexible.
    Out here, they can get so hard that you can barely trim them unless your tools really sharp.
         
        02-15-2014, 04:51 AM
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    Weanling
    Farrier/trimmer came out today. We had soaked Rose's feet for about half an hour while she had her morning feed.

    Not sure how much it helped, but the trim went well considering Rose's history. She was a bit fidgety and nervous but we gave her lots of breaks and didn't hurry her. Took about half a hour, maybe a bit more, got all four feet trimmed with the nippers and the two fronts got rasped as well. Trimmer and I felt that it was better to finish there rather than push our luck. Next time we can do more.
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        02-15-2014, 04:35 PM
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    Trained
    Sounds good vicki. Yes, if behaviour or such is an issue, agree its best to focus on training, set her up to be better in the future, rather than try to do too much first time.

    Flytobe, there is indeed a lot of water in the hoof capsule, but on the inside, which doesn't dry out in arid environs & isnt affected with soaking, using hoof goop, etc, anyway. It's only the outer wall/sole that is/should be dry & hard.
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        02-15-2014, 04:59 PM
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    Showing
    The hoof wall is the hard outer casing that protects the soft tissue beneath. When hooves chip the hoof is self trimming. No farriers in the wild. When horses run on a variety of footing like clay, gravel and sand it keeps their hooves in good shape.
         

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