Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Spring Hill Florida
• Horses: 0
Hi Trinity! Wondered where ya been.
I fully agree that gaited horses should be trimmed just like any horse-healthy. Totally agree that long toes and underrun heels are wrong. I've ridden her 8 years, from clueless, to knowing every little bobble and knowing which foot it came from. I've just started trimming her again after 4 years of various farriers who all had their own ideas. Long story.
My goals for her are M-L balance, Toes and heels where they should be, and proper angles.
So I have longer than healthy toes, more forward than healthy heels, and we are hanging on to a healthy angle, which is hard to keep in that foot. I feel there are several different ways to go about getting to a healthy hoof. Which is the priority? Toes, heels, or coffin bone angle? I feel that if one's Improved, it gets easier to solve the other 2.
However, if I back up her heels, her coffin bone will be negative palmer. If I back up her toe, it shortens her base of support. If I go with keeping a proper angle, the toe will eventually say "cut me!" and the heels will sing "rasp me baby!" and that hoof will give me more and more of what I want, just keeping a proper angle. In keeping some toe, what I mean by that is not rasping the toe back to the white line. Nothing shocking or exaggerated.
So to me it's just a different order of things. One will lead to the other and to the other.
I've had too many screw with her angles, "oh , she's gaited" Lets give her duck feet! I feel the low angles were more of a detriment to her than slightly longer toes. When the hoof says it's ready to bring the heels back further, then I can do that and take toe, and because her heels are backed up, her gait won't even know there's a little toe missing.
I will be backing up the toe and heel , but not at the sacrifice of angles. Maybe I'm angle obsessed but am I sounding a bit more normal here?
Last edited by princessfluffybritches; 10-22-2013 at 11:20 PM.