Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Sevierville, TN
I got sick of it also and learned to trim myself. I now do some rehabilitative trimming and have horses with beautiful sound feet all the time.
Also, just because a crack reaches the coronary doesnt mean its there to stay. Cracks are a sign of imbalance/improper trimming that is creating torque somewhere in the foot and/or can be also related to infection by opportunistic pathogens. They CAN be fixed by a knowledgeable trimmer or farrier. You might have a growth line but the crack itself can be fixed.
Also, there is no such thing as some arbitrary "angle" that is appropriate for one breed over another. Each horse should and must be trimmed according to HIS conformation and structure..not some arbitrary number or style based on a breed. Anyone who trims a horse and doesnt respect that horses needs and conformation will produce a lame horse. Period.
I ride and show TWHs and SSHs...barefoot. They all have short toed, balance and healthy, tight growing feet with a proper short heel, wide healthy frog and well developed digital cushion as all horses should have with properly developed feet. Just because someone somewhere trims the heels off and leaves a long toe to make a TWH gait differently or "better" doesnt mean its correct or healthy.
Married to my One! 10-11-13 Steampunk style:)