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post #1 of 6 Old 05-16-2012, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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My horses are on soft/semi hard pasture. They have overall good feet, I trail ride barefoot. I have one horse that toes out a little so a flare is somewhat to be expected. My farrier comes out every seven weeks. I love my farrier, had him for almost twenty years with all types of hoof issues in that time. But lately I have noticed my horses getting more flares early on, three weeks after a trim. I have taken the weather into consideration and I am still questioning his trimming. I want to approach him with possible solutions without insulting him. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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I wish I could help. But I am lacking in the tact and diplomacy department. Good luck though.
We have great people in the forum and are very helpful. I am sure one of them, those that know what they are doing, can help give you some idea to what is going on.

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Photos of exactly what you are seeing would be helpful to those who might suggest correction advice.
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I have the same issue. I was originally told by my farrier that the flare was due to a mild infection of the hoof (think fungus or white line), then I had a second opinion given yesterday by a barefoot trimmer that is not my current farrier. I'm just going to provide what I was told. I have not done this yet, still confirming the advice, so I can't say if it works. But I was shown a horse he had trimmed a week earlier that had a flare caused by the same reason, and it looked immensely better.


Observation: No infection. Foot is not balanced appropriately, putting extra pressure on outside of hoof wall. This is not coincidence... the flare is occurring because of that pressure, on that side of hoof. Hoof should be leveled out and balanced, not simply trimmed shorter on the same angles. Flare can be trimmed and sanded down to the point of 1/2 the thickness of the outside hoof wall. Rasp the toe to provide a slight roll.

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Observation: No infection. Foot is not balanced appropriately, putting extra pressure on outside of hoof wall. This is not coincidence... the flare is occurring because of that pressure, on that side of hoof. Hoof should be leveled out and balanced, not simply trimmed shorter on the same angles. Flare can be trimmed and sanded down to the point of 1/2 the thickness of the outside hoof wall. Rasp the toe to provide a slight roll.
Correct! Possibly the most fundamental thing a farrier should know is "Hooves change shape due to how they bear weight".
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That is completely correct. My farrier was out today and I love him! He describes step by step what he does and why! It's so awesome.

On one of my horses, my farrier doesn't even trim the insides on his hind feet. My gelding wears down the insides more then the outsides. So he trims half of the hoof and doesn't touch the other half. Just files it down. My gelding within 6 weeks, will wear it down again that way just because the way that he walks and stands. The outside of his hoof will flare out and that's the part that needs trimmed.

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