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        05-27-2013, 05:54 PM
      #81
    Weanling
    He is moving great. He was sore for about 2 days after I posted that I noticed him being sore. I padded his feet for those 2 days and after that he was fine. After his trim today I walked him up and down the gravel drive (about 100' each way) and he was moving just fine. I'm so glad he's not sore anymore. Hoping that after a touch up 2 weeks from now I can measure him for boots. I think he'll need them for rides since he's out on grassy pasture all the time and we ride on some rocky stuff.
         
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        05-27-2013, 07:12 PM
      #82
    Trained
    Great
    Now the crack can grow out. AND...you're more independent
         
        05-29-2013, 04:35 AM
      #83
    Trained
    Hi Bold,

    I've figured that for some reason I'm only getting odd notifications from Horseforum for threads I'm watching, so I don't know until I look whether more posts have been made.

    Anyway, fantastic job for a first & uninstructed trim! Hope you're proud of yourself. While flare can be bevelled quite strongly, I think you've done more than is necessary at the toes, which look nice & straight. Appears front heels are a bit too long & all heels a bit imbalanced **but only going off these pix, may not be the case. Oh & bars look like they could do with a trim. Other than that, sterling job!
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        05-29-2013, 09:47 AM
      #84
    Weanling
    Thank you for the kind words and critique. I wasn't sure about the bars so I left them alone and I struggled with the heels. Any tips or tricks? Good to know about the bevel.

    Do I just gradually lower the heels? Right now I plan on doing a touch up every 2 weeks or so. Just renewing the bevel mostly (and I'll trim the bars a little). Should I just take a little off the heels each time with the rasp?
         
        05-29-2013, 10:13 AM
      #85
    Banned
    Yeah take a little off heels every time you trim. I did a1/4 inch every 7 days my horses heels were long and run forward. I just used the rasp to take them down.

    You did a good trim job way to go....
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        06-17-2013, 01:23 AM
      #86
    Weanling
    I did a second trim on Comic this weekend. Mostly just used the rasp to take the heels down a little and renew my bevel. I tried to be extra careful to get the heels more balanced and I feel more confident this time. I still have a ways to go but I'm learning in baby steps. I'd rather learn slowly than make him sore by being overconfident. I measured him for boots and his feet are almost round. His backs are actually exactly the same width and length and his fronts are a little wider than they are long. I've decided to go with Renegade boots and when I called them they suggested ordering their new "Viper" boot. They size by millimeters only and said they are a longer lasting material and have an updated look. The woman I spoke to told me if I had any problems with them I could send them back no questions asked. I think I'll go for it since the sizing is easier to figure out and sounds like I'm not out anything if they don't work. I'm ordering tomorrow and I'll let you know how it goes.

    On the crack that this thread was originally made about... It's growing out! It is about 1/2" down from the cornet band now. I was all the way up to the top a month ago so I am very happy. This is a crack I have been dealing with on some level for years. It is so great to see it growing out. Between the trims and the biotin (my dad gave me a bucket of the stuff) we're making progress!
         
        06-17-2013, 01:45 AM
      #87
    Trained
    So good to hear!!!
    Just keep that crack off the ground, and you're okay.
    Good Job!!!
         

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