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  • Is the pastern angle the same as the shoulder angle

 
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    06-21-2010, 01:35 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Question Hoof angles

Someone told me that my mare's hoof angles are off. They mentioned the angle from the shoulder to the pasturn...I'm not really sure what is supposed to look right and wrong, I just trust my farrier to give her a nice trim every 6-7 weeks (she is barefoot).

Her feet are very strong, but I'm concerned about the angle they're being trimmed at now. Here are some up close pictures as well as some further away. Any farriers on here who can give me their opinions or teach me the basics of the angles and how they're supposed to look?

See below...best side photo of her standing that I have, I'll get a better one tonight. She is the smaller white-faced buckskin on the right ;)



Here's one I found from this past winter that's a little closer, just an older pic though...
     
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    06-21-2010, 10:32 PM
  #2
Banned
My guy has slightly dropped pasterns in his hind, but to me it looks like your horse is fine. I'm no professional though, so don't hold me to that. But I think she looks fine.
     
    06-21-2010, 11:56 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Finally I have some better photos from tonight...now keep in mind these are NOT fresh from a trim or anything, she's about halfway in between trimmings right now (about 3 weeks since the last one).

The light hoof is her back right, and I am aware of the bruising, it's actually very old and almost grown out (finally!) so you'll notice that at the bottom. But my main reason for posting these is so that you can take a look at the angle of her shoulder to the top of her leg, and then from her pastern down. My friend mentioned the angles should be the same, and that hers are slightly off.

Anyone have any thoughts? I was also told her front feet were trimmed a tad too short the last time (again, about 3 weeks ago) and that I should put some venice turpentine on her heels to toughen them up and let them grow a bit.
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    06-22-2010, 01:45 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Just bumping this up...

Also -- someone told me that the angle from the top of my mare's leg to her withers is different than the angle from her pastern down...and that is what needs corrected. She said that her front feet were trimmed a little too short this last time and they need to grow out a bit more.
     
    07-08-2010, 01:59 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Bumpity bump! :)
     
    07-08-2010, 02:06 PM
  #6
Weanling
I'm not a professional, but personally I think they look fine. She appears to have very sound looking, well trimmed hooves. Hopefully someone with more experience can offer some insight.
     
    07-08-2010, 02:10 PM
  #7
Banned
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Originally Posted by payette    
I'm not a professional, but personally I think they look fine. She appears to have very sound looking, well trimmed hooves. Hopefully someone with more experience can offer some insight.
That was my thought too. They go with the horses pasterns.
     
    07-08-2010, 02:10 PM
  #8
Weanling
One thing I noticed on a second look is that her heels do not appear quite level, in the pictures of the soles of the hoof~ I don't know if that is affecting the situation. Trimming the heels shorter would create a steeper pastern angle, but the level to which to trim the heel should be dictated by the level of the sole toward the back of the hoof. . . Both sides should be level though. Good luck!
     
    07-08-2010, 02:13 PM
  #9
Started
The shoulder and pastern angle are "suppose" to match that being said if they take more toe probably from the top and pull her heels back to the heel bulbs it will help

I am NOT a farrier just passing on what I have learned dealing with my mares issues
     
    07-08-2010, 07:42 PM
  #10
Trained
She looks pretty good to me. The mor important angle comparison is the hoof capsule as compared to the pastern - it should match. The hoof to shoulder angle, not so much - She has a bit of an upright shoulder and you don't want to try and make her feet conform to that angle. There isn't a big enough difference for me to think it would be an issue.

I don't think her feet are too short at all - They actually look like they could use another maintenance trim. If she were mine, I would be maintenance trimming maybe twice in between farrier visits and putting more of a roll on her toe - See how the wall on her fronts is startign to flare out and chip unevenly on that sole photo? The outer wall isn't supposed to bear weight, and when it does, it encourages seperation, flaring and chipping. Also, is her frog contacting the ground? If not, I would be taking a little more off the heels and they look to stil be a fair way above the sole plane.

Anyway - I'm no expert so that is just what I see from my limited knowledge - Apart from that, her feet look to be good, strgon, healthy barefoot feet.
     

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