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post #1 of 8 Old 11-11-2013, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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Farrier never trimming sole or frog?

I was just wondering the reason behind this. My horse is barefoot, and always has been. I don't think he has any major issues, lik underrun heels. My farrier (who has helped him a lot) be er trims his sole or his frogs. I'm not sure why, bu he is never sore, other than a bit ouchy on railroad gravel. Can anyone point out why she does this? I'm guessing it's to provide more cushion and support, and I forgot to ask last time she was out. Thanks in advance for help with my dumb question

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-11-2013, 04:43 PM
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Not a dumb question. He probably leaves protection on the sole. But he should trim the bars and the sides of the frog that block the sulcus.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-11-2013, 04:54 PM
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Better then having a carve happy farrier like i had last year.Now i trim my own not sure i do that great but at least their hoofs look somewhat better.
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-11-2013, 04:55 PM
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The main reason for ever trimming sole or frog is hygienic. If the sole and frog are healthy, I don't trim them.
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In general they should trim what is flaking off , excess and dead and leave what is well attached shiny and functional. SOME horses we leave a little layer of dead stuff for protection But if there is obviously thick, cracked sole then the dead stuff should be cleaned off. (good sole doesn't have cracks) pictures of a recent trim would help. And some farriers are just lazy.
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I rarely touch the sole or frog when trimming. I try to let them shed off naturally. Some horses don't exfoliate sole that well, especially if their feet never really get wet. I try to do daily sprays of ACV to soften the dead sole and let it shed off itself. As for the frogs, I try to let them shed naturally as well. I will pull off any "tags" so as limit the chance of infection setting in but if the whole frog is shedding, I let it be and spray daily with ACV to discourage any infection setting in. If the frog is invading the collateral grooves or is rotted in the sulcus with thrush, I'll trim it then. Otherwise, I leave both alone. Don't fix it if it ain't broke.
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SOME horses we leave a little layer of dead stuff for protection But if there is obviously thick, cracked sole then the dead stuff should be cleaned off. (good sole doesn't have cracks)
Generalising of course, but I find that most horses I see have too thin soles already & while it does depend, that they usually go best when I leave it alone - dead & cracked or otherwise. Some *general* exceptions to this rule IME, that often do need routine sole trimming include donkeys, some drafts & some arabs.
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The amount of dead sole they hold on to is mostly environmental. Here where I am in Colorado if horse is in a stabled environment (hard dirt corral for instance) the dead sole can build up really thick, and get retained hard layers that can actually cause sue them to bruise under it . So we usually yank it out. But when I was in the wet SF Bay area of California, a lot of horses had softer and thinner live soles and we had to be a lot more careful, leaving more dead stuff in for protection on bare feet.
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