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post #1 of 5 Old 06-13-2012, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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Chalky soles/overgrown bars?

So I was originally going to post asking about chalky soles... this past weekend when I was picking out my horse's hooves, I noticed that the sole in his right rear hoof was chalky and easy to scrape out by his bar and that there were little filaments sticking out from the bar. I took some pictures and then left my camera at the barn (I seem to do this every time I bring it...)

But, when I brought the camera home today and downloaded the pictures, I realized that the bars look strange. To my novice eyes they look overgrown and maybe starting to fold over?

I'm a little confused at this, since he was trimmed 2-1/2 weeks ago, and his hooves were growing so slowly that my farrier recommended letting him go a week longer this cycle (making it 7 weeks).

For a little more background, I just got this horse less than 3 months ago, and his feet were in somewhat rough shape. Based on the pile of hoof trimmings my trainer noticed at the seller's barn when we went to go see him initially, he had probably been way overdue for a trim and then the seller gave him a poorly done trim right before we came out.

This foot in particular had a huge flare starting almost at the coronet line, which has now grown out to about halfway down the hoof- so I'm not too worried about the separation since once the flare grows out, the white line connection should be much stronger. I've also noticed increased concavity, the heel bulbs spreading, the toes getting backed up, etc. since my farrier started working on him, so I figure he's headed in the right direction. I'm assuming maybe his feet are now starting to respond by increased growth rate, as well?

My next farrier appointment is July 19. Given the way this foot looks now, should I pull in my appointment? Any reason for immediate concern?

The first picture a side-by-side comparison of his right hind right after his last trim (May 23) and last weekend. The other is a close-up of the chalky area- you can also see the filaments I mentioned.

ETA- the area around the frog is discolored from ThrushBuster in the pic from last weekend.
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And just for fun, here's what the same hoof looked like after the first trim from my farrier (April 7)
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Bump. Any opinions on whether or not the bars look good/bad on the right hand side of the double picture?
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Originally Posted by verona1016 View Post
Bump. Any opinions on whether or not the bars look good/bad on the right hand side of the double picture?
Trim the bars. They're overgrown and have folded over. Ten seconds of knife work on that hoof and you're done.

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Thanks- I'm meeting up with a friend & her farrier later today (to work on de-sensitizing Garzo to hot shoeing while her horse is getting shod). I'll see if he wouldn't mind trimming them back for me while he's there, as I don't have a hoof knife and wouldn't want to do it myself without some guidance!
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