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        02-02-2013, 11:25 PM
    Originally Posted by Animallover707    
    Ya her hooves are way to tough. I rounded the toes but the farrier hasnt been here for three months and something had to be done. Her hooves need to be slowly brought back at the toe of the hoof. This is from not being trimmed and today I saw her hooves and was like im going to have to fix that. My farrier wont answer iv left like 10 messages.
    and there's no other farrier you can call?
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        02-02-2013, 11:28 PM
    Hmmm... I had just posted about hoof issues, and wanting to learn more. I'm certainly not an expert.

    I can tell, from your pictures, however, that your horse's feet are not even - higher on the outside than the inside (both in the heel, and along the side of the hoof wall). That can cause unnecessary strain on your horse's legs.

    P.S. I'm not sure I'd ever trust myself with trimming my own horse's feet, lol.
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        02-02-2013, 11:32 PM
    Originally Posted by Samstead    
    and there's no other farrier you can call?
    I live 2 hours down a dirt road and 4 hours from the nearest walmart :( surrounded by thousands of acres of forest land. Its pretty bad I couldnt even get a vet out a while back and ended up hauling my horse 2 hours to my other ranch on a dirt road at night. It was scary.
        02-02-2013, 11:52 PM
    This was my first time ever, and I do not have pictures of when the farrier does him.

    I'm a little disappointed everyone thinks I did so bad. I do see the unevenness though. Especially in the pictures. I did this all with a rasp only.. and his feet were really long. It took me about 2 and a half hours just to do the fronts.

    Although I'm looking for specific mistakes. Not just "You did bad." What exactly did I do wrong? I would like to learn from this.
        02-03-2013, 12:03 AM
    For the first time trimming you did good. Yeah there not just right but heck its the first time.
    Hopefully some of the hoof experts chime in for you. Gotta start some where there's still enough hoof left to fix the mistakes.
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        02-03-2013, 12:08 AM
    Thank you! I really felt like it was not that bad for the first time! I purposefully left some length just in case I messed up. Maybe Trinity or Loosie will get on soon..
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        02-03-2013, 03:11 AM
    Well, you left quite a bit of hoof wall hieght. It should be somewhat "even" w the sole (equal height) all the way around, not graduate "higher" toward the heel as these do. It also appears as if you did not use the back side of your rasp (finer side) to smooth outer wall. It also appears (hard to tell for sure) as if you rasped the outside wall "down" w/o actually beveling from the bottom w intent - and rounding the resulting edge.

    It looks as if trimming the wall a bit more, especially the heel, would leave the frog to low (or high, however you look at it...below the hoof wall). That would bother me if it were the case. But, the horse looks drafty, and it seems to be a common "construct" in their feet (large frogs).

    The bars look like they are on their way to laying over, so I would address that.

    Overall and in general he looks like he has healthy feet., IMO.

    And, looking back at the second picture down, you can see it is a bit out of balance. If you even the walls it should be balanced - unless he is not straight "above the hoof", which I doubt is the case.
        02-03-2013, 06:11 AM

    I think you did OK actually. It appears the heels & quarters are still a bit long/high/forward. The bars definitely are overgrown & need a good trim, and especially as you say thrush is a problem, I'd be trimming the daggy areas of frog away - looks like in the back half, perhaps as far as the horizontal cracks in the frog at the heel... but not sure I'd go that far without evaluating hoof in hand.

    A bit of m/l imbalance, etc, but other things are more niggly. What sort of terrain does the horse live/work on? That can also make a differeence to the specifics of trimming.
        02-03-2013, 11:00 AM
    Terrain: mainly dirt and grass. We aren't terrible rocky around here. Right now its a bit wet so the ground is pretty soft, but we do get pretty hard when its not snowing or raining. I occasionally ride on the road, but not often because it doesn't allow much more than a walk.

    I was going for the mustang roll.. but obviously didn't do a great job. I'll be honest, it scared me to go real close to the sole. That is what I had intended to do. Take it to the white line all the way around to the quarters and leave about 1/8th at the heels. Since there is still wall left, am I okay to do that?

    Thanks everyone for the input!
        02-03-2013, 11:02 AM
    Concerning the frog.. Yeah, I notice the horizontal lines, and many people say you should remove the diseased frog.. but that is A LOT of frog to remove!! What on earth should I do with that?

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