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post #1 of 6 Old 07-23-2013, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Hackney Trim

I read somewhere that Hackney's hooves are trimmed with the toe left a bit longer to accentuate their action. I've been having Bunny trimmed normally for the past year but was wondering if this type of trim really would make a difference in her gait?
You can tell that she picks her feet up more than most horses, but its not as high as the ones you see in the show ring. I really love that look, but of course if its bad for their hooves I wouldn't do it.

So basically just curious if
A)
the toe left long is in fact the way they trim,
B)
if it harms the hoof in any way,
c) if it actually makes any impact on their gait,
And d) Other than trimming the hoof in a certain way, is there any specific training they use to get them to pick up their feet?

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I would not get the hoof trimmed that way. The hoof should be trimmed according to the horse. Long toes are only going to causing tripping, not picking their feet up.

Many people with high stepping horses put chains or weights on their ankles causing them to over-accentuate the lift. Or they will put heavy shoes on them.

Both in my personal opinion unnecessary and borderline abuse depending on the severity of the case.

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I would not get the hoof trimmed that way. The hoof should be trimmed according to the horse. Long toes are only going to causing tripping, not picking their feet up.

Many people with high stepping horses put chains or weights on their ankles causing them to over-accentuate the lift. Or they will put heavy shoes on them.

Both in my personal opinion unnecessary and borderline abuse depending on the severity of the case.

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Good to know, I wouldn't want to do anything that would be uncomfortable/bad for her. Thanks!
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Ditto. All that fancy show ring action from TWHs to Saddlebreds are accentuated with heavy shoes, pads, chains and other artificial methods. I don't know alot about hackneys but they are basically a little saddlebred so Im going to say that show ring gait is attained much the same way - with varying shoe jobs and trims that don't account for health, but rather gait. And no, it isnt good for their feet or legs or bodies over time.

After a quick google search, I am right. Don't trim or shoe your pony that way. It ought not be allowed for shows as far as Im concerned.

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Ditto. All that fancy show ring action from TWHs to Saddlebreds are accentuated with heavy shoes, pads, chains and other artificial methods. I don't know alot about hackneys but they are basically a little saddlebred so Im going to say that show ring gait is attained much the same way - with varying shoe jobs and trims that don't account for health, but rather gait. And no, it isnt good for their feet or legs or bodies over time.

After a quick google search, I am right. Don't trim or shoe your pony that way. It ought not be allowed for shows as far as Im concerned.
I couldn't find anything on google hardly, nothing credible anyway so that's why I came here.
I would never ever put weighted shoes on any horse, my mare is barefoot and unless something medical comes up she always will be.

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Heavy shoes or not, the long and short is don't show trim for the health of the hoof ;) Long toes are not natural and create leg and hoof problems down the line.

You can read more about what shoes are acceptable and thus used for hackney showing by finding the rule book. I found excepts of the book. They shoe pretty much like Saddlebreds do to attain action.

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