Now that you mention it, I definitely do see that change in rings on her right front - I hadn't noticed that! I think I did gently "scoop" (if, by scooping, you mean make it so the hoof wall is not touching the ground at all..?
All that I ever do is take off maybe 1/16" of an inch at the quarters with my knife.
With her heels, since I only have a rasp, how would I go about bringing them down more since they already seem to be really level with the sole?
They should be level with the frog assuming that all the frog is good/firm and the back of the heel should be in line with the heel bulb of the frog. All I ever use is a rasp. Because I do my girl's feet so often, nippers are never needed.
Is it just a matter of going back maybe once a week and knocking them all down again?
I think you can take off at least 1/2 of it in one go. Then in a week, clean it up. However, if you're uncertain, do a bit every day and watch her when you put her out for her movement. If she seems uncomfortable after a rasp, then give her a week before going back at it.
I've been leaving her bars alone because some of the stuff I've read says that they'll eventually knock off on their own when they're not needed...and they have been slowly knocking off of their own. What makes you think they need to come off?
I don't think you're being sassy at all
In all honesty, every part of the hoof will knock off on its own eventually as long as the horse has freedom of movement and suitable ground, however, given the lifestyle most of our horses live, we really don't want to leave the walls go until they are chipping and breaking. Likewise with the bars. Trim them with your knife.
Her sole...it's been hard for me to tell.
A few months ago, right after she injured herself and I really started working hard on her hooves, she had a MAJOR sole+frog shedding situation. Sole was coming off in giant chunks, all her frogs literally peeled off in entire pieces...it was rather horrifying. That sole, that came off but before it came off, had a really weird "fake" sort of texture - all lumpy and if I tapped it, it felt hollow. This sole, however, feels really solid and "real". But, that doesn't mean that it is real..of course! haha
As far as "chalky" goes, it is a little chalky in the bar area but not "bad". In the toe, it's all solid not chalky stuff.
Ah, see -- the chalkiness (is that a word?) around the bars is telling you "Trim me, please!" I thought that from the pics the sole looked good, but I wanted to ask because there is a lot of hoof. When you are rasping the walls, what do you use as your guideline to stop?
My order of operations is: 1. clean well
2. trim away excess sole from the quarters back to the heel 3. trim excess sole to the dirt line at the frog to keep the frog and collateral grooves open. 4. trim excess frog only -- that which is thrushy, flakey, loose and keep the central sulci open 5. rasp the walls to be level with the sole. I'll rasp just until the file scrapes the sole. 6. bring back the toe and 7. mustang roll all around.
That's a good idea about taking her toes back once a week for a while! I hadn't even considered that that was a possibility.
Seems like it could work! Thanks!
You're welcome. You'd benefit far more from Loosie of course, but I manage to do OK with my girl. My trimmer checks up on me usually twice a year, but lately she hasn't been and I needed some fresh eyes from Loosie and, oh... jeepers I forget her name... the other wonderful expert we have here...
Sorry, "other wonderful expert."
I feel so bad... Anyway, they helped put me back on track.