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post #1 of 18 Old 08-06-2014, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Can you hoof experts give me some feedback on these hooves?

Here is a link to the dropbox photos of my 12 yo mare's hooves. There are a lot of them because I wasn't sure if they were good enough or not.

This is a horse who until June was ridden 2x a week in sand. Now she's ridden 3-4x a week in sand and 1-2 times a week on trail rides on hard and rocky surfaces (mixed with some softer grassy areas). She has always been barefoot.

I noted on our last ride in particularly rocky areas, she acted tender. Maybe. I have another thread going on the forum here asking how to know that for sure.

Before we were riding so much, she needed a trim about once every 4 weeks. It's been 4 weeks since her last trim and I'm not sure she needs one now.

Please let me know what you think, and thank you in advance for your help.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5r6k41x7u...SXwMPI-MRW00Ya

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post #2 of 18 Old 08-06-2014, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, and I did notice she has some false sole flaking away. I've picked some of it off with a hoof pick, but only the pieces that were about to come off themselves.

She had the same thing the last two trims as the weather has dried out. She also had frog that needed to be trimmed away or that fell off itself leaving "fresh" frog underneath.

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My disclaimer: I am not an expert!

BUT, IMO, these feet look pretty darn good for four weeks out. A few things come to my attention right away, the first is that she has preserved her balance pretty well. The second is that she has a lot of false sole built up, which may or may not be a problem. In one pic it does look like her sole is built up above the hoof wall, which could explain any discomfort. Like walking with a rock in your shoe, or even a short pad of Post-Its!

She does have some mild flaring that really should be addressed, because that can be self-perpetuating. Meaning, flaring can cause even more flaring.

There are a couple shots, too, where her bars are starting to lay over and you do not want to let those get out of control.

What is the weather/climate like where you live? Very dry? I think that if you were to soak those feet and soften the dead sole a lot of that would flick right out and it would be easier to see where she needs adjustment to her hoof wall.
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Thanks for your response, Greenhaven. :)

She always has flaring by the time trimming is due. And I'm not one to wait until her hooves are too long, either, so I think flaring is going to be a regular problem for her. It's filed down every time she's trimmed. What causes this flaring, anyway? Is there anything we can do to help her not have that effect? Training or riding things I should be doing differently?

It has happened in the past that her bars just break right off. What does that mean? I know the farrier trims them down every time she comes.

The weather is hot and humid during the summer, but this year we've had a lot of rain which is unusual. So it varies from hot and dry/hard ground to boggy ground for a couple days at a time. I'm in southern France, a half hour from the beach and an hour from the mountains. (= heaven). :)

I give her a hose-down after most of my rides. I'll have to remember to pick up her feet and try to flick off that extra sole tomorrow after our lesson when her feet are wet. I could probably get some cleaner pics too!

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I would remove the dead sole to get some concavity.It's piled up in there pretty thick. When it get too hard and thick it an actually cause some bruising underneath. The hoof wall is probably fine at this point though. The frogs are getting ready to shed a layer, too.
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@Patty Stiller : Thank you! What is the best way for an amateur to remove that dead sole? I've used a hoof pick to just grab the loose edges, but I wasn't able to get off the pieces you see in these pictures with that method.

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the flat sole and flaring seem to be a common thing with draft or draft x's.
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Soaking those feet in plain old water for ten minutes will do wonders for allowing you to flick out a lot of that dead sole. If she self-trims her bars, too, that is awesome! But sometimes that built-up dead sole and overgrown bars can start working against each other. Getting some of that dead sole out might just kickstart the whole process.
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like green said you can soak then take yóur Little Hoof knife and cut out the dead stuff and trimm up the bars and the frog.

I wonder if you have so much sole to take off? Looking at the feet together pics there does not look like much too take.
I´m a Little worried with the Right Fore as the Hoof wall has deteriated above the sole and it look´s like Dry Rot in the lammel.
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like green said you can soak then take yóur Little Hoof knife and cut out the dead stuff and trimm up the bars and the frog.

I wonder if you have so much sole to take off? Looking at the feet together pics there does not look like much too take.
I´m a Little worried with the Right Fore as the Hoof wall has deteriated above the sole and it look´s like Dry Rot in the lammel.
Dry rot in the lammel? What's that?

Thanks for your feedback, btw.

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