It would be easier if you could include the pics here, rather than having to go elsewhere to find them. It also helps if you could lable them 'LF', 'RF', etc
I recommend you look into any workshops & courses that may be available in your area, as the more you can learn the better, & hands-on help is best. If not... or as well, I really recommend Pete Ramey's 'Under the Horse' DVD set is well worth it - that's like a comprehensive 3 day clinic packed full of great information which I've found is really helpful for people to understand the principles behind any application. I keep a copy to loan to clients who want to learn more.
Just some thoughts on your comments & pics...
Originally Posted by princessfluffybritches View Post
#1, the pic makes the angles look better than they were. For reference, he was leaving her 47-48 degree angles, and telling me they were 52 degrees!
He was obviously measuring different angles to you. While knowing what 'average' angles & lengths are & knowing what your horse's are can be helpful, I don't get hung up on angles & specific measurements. *However I think it's vital to understand *why* whatever is right is right in a certain horse/situation. Eg. Understand the principles, factors & what lies beneath.
#4, he really scalped those quarters-totally.
Don't know what 'scalped' means - taking it to mean the way they're not on the ground. While it appears it may not have been done well & I can't tell from those pics whether it was too much, etc, this is one of the 'good points' IMO, as quarters shouldn't be level with heel & toe *generally*(horses are different in this too). In your pics you've done the same to that back foot.
#7. Why are they all balancing her hooves from a front view when from the knee down they turn out. It took me a while to figure that one out.
It actually looks like she may be turned out from further up - her elbow or such. Also looks like she's a bit valgus from the knees.
#12. The real center front is not where he put the center front.
Can't tell from these pics, although if pic 14 is the same foot(without getting into long & squared toe), it looks like he's squared the toe in a balanced way, considering the midline of the foot - not that that is always right without exceptions either IMO.
The jamming is a remnant from the farrier that trimmed her hooves 1/2 inch higher on the inside. Now, wouldn't an intelligent farrier see the jamming, and the frog being pushed over? Or one heel bulb higher than the other?
Of your own pics, looks like you've made a reasonable start. If this was your first trim, you've done well. My opinions from what I can see...
Heels and quarters have been left too long - front heels are a tad high, while backs are long but crushed forward.
Toes are *possibly* a little short from the ground level, definitely in that 10th pic, but stretched forward & in need of bevelling, esp back feet.
Especially from the 9th & 10th pics, it appears that the hooves aren't trimmed in balance, but of course, not sure how they were before your trim & there are other considerations which mean that just going off these pics may not give me an accurate view.
Anyway, hope all that was some help to you! Time to go & play with my own horses now.... for a change!