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    05-25-2012, 08:41 PM
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Trained
Hinds wearing faster

I'm finding this a bit curious and wonder if others experience the same thing. My horse has been barefoot for 4 months. For reasons contrary to everything I've read, the hind feet are wearing more than the fronts. While I have to take a rasp to the fronts almost weekly to keep knocking the hoof wall down, the hinds maintain this perfect beveled edge with no help from me.

Every piece of info suggests that a horse at libertly will carry 60% of his weight on his fronts. If that's true, why do they experience so much less wear? Do front feet grow faster? Do hinds wear faster due to their more upright angle? Are the front feet just pushing out hoof wall faster to compensate for his more flatter and sensitive soles? I'm starting to think that horses are rear wheel drive, and once they're in motion, the hinds are doing all the propelling and the fronts are just there for direction.

Thoughts?
     
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    05-25-2012, 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
I'm starting to think that horses are rear wheel drive, and once they're in motion, the hinds are doing all the propelling and the fronts are just there for direction.
Ezacly! While standing around & walking, horses tend to carry the majority of weight over their forehand, at a trot it is about 50/50 and cantering is more on the hind end. BUT regardless of pace, they use their feet differently & the hinds tend to do the most 'work'. This is one big reason I believe hinds are generally in better shape than fores - the more efficient use, the better they get.

Also, aren't you booting his fronts part time?
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    05-25-2012, 08:52 PM
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Yes, I am booting every other day. Didn't factor that in.
     
    05-25-2012, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
While I have to take a rasp to the fronts almost weekly to keep knocking the hoof wall down, the hinds maintain this perfect beveled edge with no help from me.
A lot of horses ever so slightly drag the toe on their back feet when then walk. Perhaps this is part of the reason.
     
    05-25-2012, 09:39 PM
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Green Broke
It's funny this should come up, because I just had this discussion with my trimmer this morning.
He said it's because the hinds work more than the front's. The fronts are more for lateral movement (side to side) where's the forward motion comes from the back end especially in QH. They dig and push off with the back end causing more wear.
     
    05-25-2012, 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by flytobecat    
It's funny this should come up, because I just had this discussion with my trimmer this morning.
He said it's because the hinds work more than the front's. The fronts are more for lateral movement (side to side) where's the forward motion comes from the back end especially in QH. They dig and push off with the back end causing more wear.
Double wow....I had the same discussion with my farrier this morning because of my horse having a lot of wear on her hinds....you can see my post....I have before and after pics. And, he told me the exact same thing!
     
    05-25-2012, 09:56 PM
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Trained
Guess that answers the question! I think I'm going to cut back on my horse's hoof supplement for the summer now that "grow like a weed" season has kicked in.
     
    05-25-2012, 10:02 PM
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Green Broke
Wow-talk about your weird coincidences:)
     

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