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  • Apex of horse's frog
  • Horse hoof, blood by apex of frong

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    02-24-2010, 08:10 AM
Corporate pride -- no offense taken, but likewise, don't take offense when I tell you that you are very far off on your advice. If we didn't take down horses' heels, they would end up forward at the least and high as well. Their hooves just won't wear in the lifestyle we have put the horses into. I'd be scared to see your horses hooves if the heels have never been rasped/trimmed.

You are new here -- welcome. Enjoy. There are many very knowledgeable people here in many aspects of horses. For hooves, I greatly respect the opinions of Appyt, Barefoothooves (who has been away lately) and Mercedes also has some great input, though Mercedes is new to me and I am just getting to know her(?).
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    04-04-2010, 08:56 PM
update... esp. to Mercedes!

Originally Posted by Mercedes    
There's more to come off the heels, as well the heels are of different heights, but I think the biggest problem now is that your frog is not healthy. All the dead, crappy stuff needs to come off, the channel cleaned out, and let the whole length of the frog hit the ground to get blood flow going.
Well, Mercedes, you were quite right! I was blinded by seeing the same thing every day and at this point in the game, I wasn't willing to experiment too much as I had made arrangements for a trimmer to come out. She finally made it this past week (I won't go into the details why) and showed me just how bad the thrush really was. There *was* indeed a pile of crap to come out and her feet look loads better. The lack of frog at the apex was due to the thrush damage.

The ridge around the frog was there to support the hoof because the frog was so bad Ended up what I was doing at the point of the original post was barely maintaining the status quo with the thrush, if that, and never getting-it-gone.

Whew. I sure am glad to have finally had my trimmer out for the support. Once again, I learned from her. I had some of my instincts reinforced that for some reason I was second-guessing. All-in-all, we're back on track.

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