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        05-21-2014, 08:47 PM
    Green Broke
    More feet for you all! These are only Baby Girl feet -- her's had grown significantly more than Miss Kitty's. I did all four. I met in the middle and rasped the flare just a little bit... I hardly think I did anything. But I can always take away more; I can't put it back.

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        05-21-2014, 09:37 PM
    Nice looking job overall! Nice pics!

    Nice looking hinds. Look a little run out in the toes is all & I'd probably just bevel them a bit stronger. To be finicky, I'd also 'scoop' the quarters, maybe bevel quarters a bit more where there are flares, and pare those outside bars. Don't know if it's just the angle of the pics or what but appears the right hind is lower - poss slightly too low - in the heels?

    Fores need more from heels & bevelled from toes. And scooped quarters. I'd keep the walls to sole level all round. Little & frequent trimming to allow them to become lower as needed. *Appears right fore may 'want' to be a bit higher heeled than left. Toe soles appear low & thin & toes both quite stretched. As you've slightly rasped the 'sole' at the toe of the right fore, this provides a great eg, because that is *not* actually sole there, but lamellar material & shows that you can begin the bevel at least that far back. I'd do likewise on the left fore, starting on both about 45 degrees. That should go a long way towards dealing with those seedy spots too - you might find they're mostly trimmed out & easy to treat.
        05-21-2014, 09:57 PM
    Green Broke
    Thank you very much!

    I made an MS Paint thing to make sure I understand. Bevel back to the blue line-ish (that's about where the consistency of the sole changes) at a 45 degree angle. Make an "air gap"/scoop at roughly the red lines. Scoop all the feet. Bevel starting from where the "sole" becomes just lamellar material, AKA bring back those toes because the "sole" is lying to me.

    As far as the bars go... Exactly how much/how far would you take those down? I've never messed with bars before!
        05-21-2014, 10:00 PM
    Green lines approx where walls 'should' be. Blue for where I'd trim - bevelling at the toes.
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        05-21-2014, 10:10 PM
    Yes to all you just said... BUT remember, I'm only going off a few pics so take this generally, or roughly, not as hard & fast specifics.

    Re 'scooping', my principle is simply trimming to the sole plane, so depending on the individual foot, this will mean a big 'scoop' for some(backs gen want more) & minimal or none for others. Hard to say with only direct-on sole shots, but I'm guessing this horse needs a couple of mm at least from fronts, a tad more behind.

    Re bars, I basically treat them like the rest of the wall - at or near sole level. *As a rule. As with walls, if in soft, slippery environs, extra length can help grip without being detrimental.
        05-21-2014, 10:12 PM
    Green Broke
    Ha ha! You found MY foot! I wasn't hoping no one would notice. I forget to take pictures before turning her out and ran to the barn shoe-less. Shame on me!

    Thanks for the MS Paint! I may be able to find time to trim the fronts tomorrow, but if not I can do all four Monday/Tuesday. (High school graduation interferes with my trimming! )

    Things are pretty muddy and sandy around here... Maybe that's the reason all our horses grow some major bars? I gotta sharpen up my hoof knife before I tackle those things.
        05-28-2014, 12:22 AM
    Green Broke
    I trimmed Baby Girl's fronts today to the best of my ability. The wall is now level with the sole, I put in the air gap (again, to the best of my ability), and I rolled the toe pretty hard. I looked at my work, and thought, "My God. It's so short. She's going to be sore!"

    I rode her right afterwards. Not only was she not sore at all, she was gaiting better than she ever has before. I don't know how/why trimming her made her gait so awesome -- most "traditional" gaited people insist on super long toes for a smooth gait. But this trim is really working for her!

    I'll take pictures as soon as I can (it got dark today), but yeah. I was just happy.
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        06-08-2014, 10:42 AM
    Agree on taking those bars down! My horse's bars were never addressed properly for years before I knew any better to say anything about it, and she is still dealing with the repercussions of overlaid and compact bars.

    I highly recommend Pete Ramey' s book Making Natural Hoof Care Work For You. By his own admission it is very over simplistic and somewhat out of date but the basic principles are still sound and he does an excellent job demonstrating the mechanical forces at play in deformed feet. It is very easy to understand by noobs like me,so you would have no trouble with it. One of the things I love most about the book is that he talks about the various general parts of the foot both together and separately. Check it out!

    He does offer "updates" in the form of articles on his website, which are all great reads but I miss the pictures.

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