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    11-25-2008, 09:06 AM
I agree AKPaintlover and Vida. It all depends on your terrain, what the horse "stands" in all day, and how much movement they get daily. Vida- I think their hooves look great! Taking off too much of the frog would much them ouchy over that rock. As for the bars, they will naturally file themselves down, so you can't take too much off. I think your girls hooves look GREAT!!!! I'm very jealous actually! I just got a QH for my daughter. She's had shoes on for a while. We pulled the shoes off and have begun the process of getting her a little more Natural! (All of our horses do the natural BAREFOOT trim.) We purposely put gravel, stone, sticks, etc in our pasture for them to grind on.

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    01-08-2009, 06:09 PM
New Photos

I wanted to show Vida's feet now that she is due for another trim. The first photos are of her the day of the trim. These are 7 week after the trim. See no cracking or chipping. We've been riding pretty regular, on dirt roads, down rocky creek beds etc. With a regular pasture trim she would be all chipped and cracking.
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    01-08-2009, 06:26 PM
Don'tcha just love our trimmer.. Those are some gorgeous hooves.
    01-08-2009, 08:28 PM

Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
That ragged sole should have been removed. It's the perfect place for bacteria and fungus to thrive.

Also, the bars look laid over. That means they're overgrown and should have been trimmed.

I'm all for leaving frog, sole, and bars alone, but they do need to be touched up when they're not "healthy."
I agree the bars look like they needed a little bit of attention. It apears that they are too long and are breaking over from the pressure from walking. Other then that everything looks great to me.
    01-11-2009, 02:45 AM
Those feet look lovely, nice job. But, I agree with L2R. If the bars aren't tended to and they don't wear down enough naturally, they can cause more foot pain then loading the hoof walls. When they are allowed to lay down they will ultimately cause flares which stretch of the laminae. They can also go up into the foot causing navicular pain.
    01-11-2009, 12:01 PM
This is copied from Natural Balance Hoof Care on Television
Q) Many farriers say that the frog should not be on the ground because the foot has to flex outward at the bottom and to do that the sole has to flatten when he bears weight. They say this is necessary for circulation and shock absorption. So why would I want to leave all that frog there? Wouldn’t having the frog on the ground prevent this?

A) Well, think about this. If the frog was not supposed to be on the ground, why does it always do so in bare feet, and why is the foot designed to fill up with dirt when it gets long? Doesn’t the packed dirt support the frog even when the hoof wall has grown longer than the sole? The old theory about the foot flattening and flexing outward at the bottom is based on incomplete information about what the foot needs and how it functions when left to its own maintenance. Although horses have managed to survive the practice of removing frog for years we need to remember that horses manage to replace the frog support rapidly. The frog always rapidly grows back when pared away and in shod horses the foot fills with packed dirt almost immediately when it is on the ground. That self-replacement of the support is possibly why we thought the practice of paring frog was working OK, because the horses manage it themselves despite our efforts to remove it. Unfortunately some shod horses have to live or work on hard surfaces where the frog cannot contact the ground. They suffer faster consequences and are more likely to develop side bone, ringbone, contracted heels and other lameness.

Q) Then you are saying the dirt is supposed to be left in the foot?

A) That is correct. There are newer studies that shoe how the dirt that fills alongside the frog area actually acts along with the frog and bars in supporting and helping the foot expand more at the top, in the heel bulbs and coronary band. This action absorbs shock and circulates blood more efficiently. Keep in mind, that urine and manure soaked shavings doesn’t necessary provide the best environment, so it is best for the compaction of material be good “clean” dirt. If you get a good compaction of dirt in and around the frog, it will also help keep unwanted bacteria from getting in there. Maintaining a “healthy” frog through consistent use will also help battle unwanted bacteria.
    01-11-2009, 12:27 PM
GREAT READ! Now I can stop feeling guilty for not cleaning out my pasture horses hooves more often..

Ok, rarely.
    01-12-2009, 01:09 PM
Can a person do the barefoot trimming themselves? Or is it wise to have someone that knows what they are doing to do it?
    01-12-2009, 01:35 PM
I just had to say I love seeing barefoot horses! YAY! But the way they do look great!
    01-12-2009, 02:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Velvetgrace    
Can a person do the barefoot trimming themselves? Or is it wise to have someone that knows what they are doing to do it?
Yes! There are many books and DVDs out there that can help. I highly recommend Pete Ramey's book and DVD set, and Jamie Jackson's book. You can read about Ramey on his web site, Pete Ramey hoof care heals founder in horse’s navicular disease farrier

That said, it's really best to get some in-person instruction first, so you can best learn to use the tools correctly and a good trimmer can show you exactly what to do on your own horse. I have a trimming instructor come check my work twice a year, to make sure I'm on the right track.

Two good places to find qualified trimmers:
Welcome to the American Hoof Association
Welcome to the official website of the AANHCP

There are also some good links on the wikipedia page on barefoot horses (very bottom).
Barefoot horses - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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