Originally Posted by totalfreedom
Do you guys have any links by chance that I can learn more about why it would be better to trim the bars? I try to be open to learn as much as I can, as I find the more educated I am the better decisions I can make.
I would also like to share a link that does a pretty good job explaining as to why I mentioned to leave the bars alone. New Page 6
I just see no excessive amount of bar that justifies trimming em off. IMO, the horse would transition better to shoeless with less ouchiness if the bars are left alone in this situation.
Either way though it isn't going to be too detrimental if the bars are trimmed. And if they pop right back though at the next trim in six weeks then it's a good indication to leave em alone. And you'll only be maybe 3-4 weeks behind on getting the hoof to where it needs to be.
from your link: Does this mean we should just leave the bars alone? Unfortunately it's not that easy. Like any other part of the foot, excess bar length can cause many problems, so we're still left with our usual "tightrope walk"; always teetering on a very fine line between too aggressive and too conservative.
I said some of the bars are on their way to laying over..and they are, IMO. And, it can be arrested - I didn't mean by aggressive removal of them below the sole surface or something. I personally am pretty conservative about trimming bars, and have had this conversation in a much earlier post (which school of thought is best - to leave them longer than the sole for support, or the conventional wisdom of "with the sole"). As I have said in earlier posts, I go somewhere in-between. When there are so many schools of thought on the subject...the only thing one can say with surety is - it boils down to personal opinion for a given horse's situation.
Also, in a much earlier post I had pictures of my filly's feet when I first got her with bars/sole material to the toe and hoof wall. My main concern was the thinness of her sole after all that material had been "protecting" her sole for an unknown amount of time, but I wanted them trimmed down to some workable level - and she was in forgiving soft sand. I kept the bars trimmed, they now are more "erect" (exposing more of the sole), do not pop back, and do not lay over at such a severe angle and her feet/soles are now beyond hard. I did not achieve that over night, but it wouldn't have happened at all if I hadn't of persistently trimmed them a tad more than I ordinarily would, or currently do for her.