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post #21 of 23 Old 08-18-2013, 02:04 PM
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I would not use turpentine on a horses hooves. Its to harsh. go purchase a hoof product, or let him wander in a pasture to toughen up his hooves.
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Originally Posted by coffinbone View Post

Inside (quarter) wall is weak and will break away. Its okay if it does, but the entire hoof is about too long, even longer in the toe (see details below). The thin wall will disappear as entire hoof is rasped shorter.
Yes, but she already rasped into sole around the toe so trying to make that a half inch shorter would make it even worse...?
I'm quite sure there are problems with the hoof capsule sinking too low, shorting the wall and rasping off more sole would not fix the problem and would likely make him really lame, right?

This Pete Ramey article seems to be my best finding as far as showing how to fix the problem.

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post #23 of 23 Old 08-18-2013, 05:05 PM
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WhyAHorseOfCourse, I forgot one important word.
Me (coffinbone): "The thin wall will disappear as entire hoof is rasped shorter."
Correction: " the entire hoof WALL is rasped shorter."

The sole was already mistakenly gouged out with a hoof knife. As the hoof wall is shortened, a crescent-moon-shaped sole callous will appear at the toe, and deep laminar grooves will disappear (LF inside edge). In the current trim you can see a small sole crescent from rasping the hoof wall surface, it just needed more. It helps support the horse, per Pete Ramey.

In the cited article, Pete Ramey says:
"The horse was never intended to hang from the laminae. The hoof walls, soles, bars and frogs are supposed to work in unison to support the horse. Trimming and shoeing practices that force the hoof walls to bear all of the force of impact create more constant stress than the laminae were ever intended to withstand." Pete's very clear, and awesome :)

Me (coffinbone):
If the hoof walls are too long, AND the sole was knifed away, his bones may have no choice but to "hang" and "force the hoof walls to bear all of the force of impact..." His weight will drive the bones and inner structures toward the inaccessible ground, because the walls are holding up the whole horse.
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