Barefoot Trimming

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    06-26-2012, 11:48 PM
Question Barefoot Trimming

I was wondering if there are specific ways/techniques to trim a horse's hooves when they wear shoes and when they are barefoot and if you need a certain farrier for that.
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    06-27-2012, 02:11 AM
Short answer IMO is no, not really. Aside from bevelling the edges a bit to help prevent chipping of bare feet, a good trim is a good trim & a good farrier should do the same sort of job on a bare horse as a good 'barefoot trimmer'.

Long answer is... well, very long, for a start. It also depends who you ask. The hardest thing for a horse owner IMO is to nut out what makes a good farrier/trimmer & then to find one. Educating yourself is the key & to that end, hopefully the thread link in my signature below will give you something to start with.
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    06-28-2012, 01:19 AM
Also, (i already put out a forum about this) I wanted to learn how to trim my horses hooves and I wanted to know if there are any risks of damaging/hurting their hooves if you trim them yourself without enough experience.
    06-28-2012, 01:24 AM
Is their a risk of damaging/hurting their hooves if you were to trim them yourself with just a little experience?
    06-28-2012, 04:14 AM
Yes. You can most definitely hurt/damage your horse seriously with incorrect hoofcare - whether or not you're experienced - just as all those who have had bad farriers!

I don't believe it's rocket science and I am all for horse owners learning to do it, as if for no other reason, you'll be able to perform 'emergency care' if your reg farrier isn't available, falls off the face of the earth, etc. But I do advise learning the theory first & foremost - principles, hoof function, anatomy, etc & having a few hands on lessons at least if at all possible. Also realise that even with this learning, maintenance of healthy hooves of horses you know well & have had supervision with is one thing, but 'correction' of problems & dealing with a variety of horses is quite another & takes more skill & knowledge.
    07-03-2012, 07:03 PM
I don't know how to trim a hoof to setup for a shoe. But as I understand it you want the wall to be flat? Though I'm very unsure here on this cus I've never done it and that's only what I've read somewhere. Maybe someone who actually does shoeing can comment on that.

For barefoot you roll the walls. And as far as I know that's the biggest and possibly only difference.

Another thing for barefoot to be affective is to never touch the sole with a knife or rasp. ALWAYS leave the sole intact. The only time you should scrape a little sole away is in the bar/heel area to figure out how much flaky dead/compressed sole there is before you get to the living sole. This will let you know just how far down the heels need to come.

From my experience I learned so much I could on the internet from barefoot sites. I think this is a pretty good site, Bare Foot Horse

If you want to get what I consider an excellent video series that will help you learn about barefoot trimming then check out Pete Ramey's site, Pete Ramey hoof care laminitis founder horse navicular disease thrush equine foot development farrier and get the dvd set "Under the Horse". That's how I learned. But I only trim my own horses hooves. If I had the opportunity I would learn also from an experienced barefoot trimmer. But I also think it's very worthwhile to get self educated.

Another thing that may help you learn to get some hands on experience is "find the meatwagon". Kinda gross, but learning on cadaver hooves and messing up on them is better than making big mistakes on your own horse.

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