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    11-04-2012, 01:04 PM
First Trim, opinions?

So I did my gelding front feet today. After staring at the pictures, I have seen a few things that I think I need to go back and fix. I was concerened with doing too much, and had rather go back and take more off then take too much off the first time and have to wait for it to grow back.

There is still some flare around the sides that I know I need to take off, and maybe a tad bit of length on the toe.

I want to get it as good as I can before I send the pics too my farrier lol!

I couldnt get any pics of the underside of the hoof. Every time he put his foot down they got covered in mud again, and we were both agistated at the time, so I am hoping by the end of the day I can find a dry spot, and finish them up.

I can take constructive critizism, but please don't be harsh. This is something I am learning, and this is my first. If I suck that bad, then tell me in a nice way and I might reconsider learning this trade lol!
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    11-04-2012, 01:19 PM
Looks neat and tidy, pics under the hoof with help alot.
Looks like he is standing a bit back under himself, Is this correct?
    11-04-2012, 01:27 PM
I want to say that he doesnt normally do that, in the two behind pics, it does look like it. I hope its not something I did to cause it. Hopefully I can get someone to hold him for me when I go back out later and fix him up a bit more.
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I went and looked at some pics in my phone, and it does look like he has a tendency to stand like that. He's a 500$ mutt, so its likely a conformation flaw, I hope lol.
    11-04-2012, 02:24 PM
Could be conformation, but I have found that if a horses fronts are a bit behind then the heals are a bit too long and if they are abit too forward then the toes are abit long. May not work like that with every horse, but I have noticed a difference. Just by filing a little.
I only trim my own horses and a few friends. I try to do my trims like Pete Ramey. I have had huge success with those trims. If you are wanting expert advice, I like Loosie, She is on this forum and can give you great advice. In my eyes she is and expert!
    11-04-2012, 02:33 PM
I can rasp a little more heel if I need too. They looked kind of short to begin with so I didn't touch them as much as I did the sides. A little at a time right! Lol I am not warning to do it for other people, bit I would like to be able to do it to my own.
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As far as the length, do they look okay? They still look a little long to me in the toe.
    11-04-2012, 02:58 PM
The toe looks like it could be taken down a little more.
    11-04-2012, 08:37 PM
Looks OK but can't really tell much at all from those pics. Check out link below for what's needed of critique pics. Looking at the constant rings on his feet I think diet is likely a bit of an issue.

Oh & speaking from experience of eternal mud, keeping a piece of plywood or such handy to stand the horse on is one answer!
    11-04-2012, 08:41 PM
As far as his diet. He didn't have anything but grass and hay for three years up until April. I fed him sweet feed from April to May, then started him on low sugar and startch feed up until last month when I switched him over to beetpulp. He has had a salt and mineral block since April.
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I will def get a piece of plywood, thanks! It was aggravating evetutime I had to set his foot down it got caked with mud again. There's not enough light in the barn to do anything in there.
    11-04-2012, 08:47 PM
I worked on them more this afternoon. I def think they look better. I wanted to do the backs but ended up bleeding so I called it a day. I think my gelding was feeding off my nervousness and was a bit fidgety, or was just being a butt. I had his fron fixing to put it on the stand and he jerked it back right into and down my shin. Ripped my pants and bloodied me up pretty good. I have a feeling its not going to feel good in the morning.
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    11-04-2012, 09:14 PM
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I had his fron fixing to put it on the stand and he jerked it back right into and down my shin. Ripped my pants and bloodied me up pretty good.
Ouchie! Especially when learning, gloves(rasped knuckles aren't pleasant!) & leather or thick canvas chaps or farrier apron is prudent. Also if your shin was in the way, it's lucky if all there is is a bruise & bit of blood - keep your foot on the base of the stand but off to the side, so it's more likely out of harm's way. Likewise keep your head well out of the way of back feet & face away & slightly out, so that if he does kick, you'll likely end up with no more than a bruise to the back of your thigh or calf. It can be a hard & potentially dangerous job - do all you can to make it safe.

Also esp when you're learning so it's not quick & simple, doing little bits here & there rather than making a big job of the whole thing will keep you & the horse in better spirits about it - & be easier on your back.
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