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post #51 of 52 Old 08-01-2013, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by horselover1 View Post

I am trying to be helpful and constructive in telling what I see on these feet.

The whole hoof is over-trimmed, IMO. The heels are much too short. Due to this fact, the toe dishes out in this flare. The toe is mainly too long in relation to the low heels. If the heels would have the adequate height, the toe would not be dragged forward with ever step, and the dorsal wall would not dish out.

At any rate, there is nothing that can be trimmed off this foot at the moment. IMO, these feet need at least 6 weeks of growth time. Then, it can slightly be corrected, most likely all that would need doing at that stage is beveling the toe, so that the dorsal wall stops pulling on the coffin bone.

The sole is very thin. There is no concavity in the front part of the hoof. This is most likely because the coffin bone presses on that thin sole and the thin sole can't withstand it. I honestly cannot imagine that this horse can walk anywhere but the softest of all surfaces. If it does, I would not take it as a sign that your trim is ok, but that the horse still has some protective sole (though if you keep hitting blood I doubt that there is much sole left). However, if you keep doing as you are, taking sole off at a weekly or bi-weekly interval, in a couple of month your horse will not be able to walk any longer. This is the general outcome of horses that are trimmed by a Strasser-type trimmer. Your trim reminds me very much of a Strasser trim, which trims to external parameters, but not to the needs of the hoof of a given horse. You cannot remedy a thin sole/no concavity problem with thinning the sole more! The hoof needs to grow concavity and it will, if the sole is not constantly "invaded" by a hoof knife.

The bars also have a function. They support the back of the foot. The health and strength of the back of the foot is the most important parameter for a sound barefoot horse. Heels, bars, frog and digital cushion all work in concert. In your case, heels and bars have no more (or not much) function, as they are overly short.

Here are a couple of suggestions.

- Consider joining Hoofhelponline (for a few months).
- learn how to read the hoof by studying the articles on Maureen's website:
- read Pete Ramey's articles online

Never trim more than every 4 weeks (in general, exceptions being sever founders etc).

Remember, nobody has all the answers, and every horse is an individual, that requires its owner's to critically think and listen to the horse.

I think you are very lucky. Your horse seems to have good quality feet, straight bars, healthy frog. All it needs now is some hoof mass, so the whole foot becomes more stable and you can start working on shortening the toe.

Hey that site you recommended, Natural Barefoot Trimming , is really nice! The most reasonable and intelligent trim site I've seen in a long time. Thanks!
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Also is another good site I've found should help you, also with lots of informative diagrams & pics
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