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post #1 of 39 Old 09-21-2011, 05:20 AM Thread Starter
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Hoof Trim Critique (picture heavy)

If anyone with trimming/farrier (or other!) experience could critique this hoof trim, it would be greatly appreciated. These pictures were taken a couple hours after the trim, post-trail ride. Sorry if the pictures are large.

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post #2 of 39 Old 09-21-2011, 05:23 AM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 39 Old 09-21-2011, 06:30 AM
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I'm no expert but holy moly those are some dry hooves. Now because I don't know anything about this horse or what you have or haven't done, I will just tell you what I would do.

You need a good conditioner for those feet. Even some kind of biotin supplement.

Did you trim these feet yourself?
My main concern is if these feet aren't done by a professional, you will have some problems.
Not cleaning up the bars or the frog can produce pockets where gravel and such can get packed in there and cause soreness.

Rear left has a flare and that crack needs to be taken care of. Before it breaks off. There are more knowledgeable people here but that is my observation as a non pro.

Not rasping the hoof wall can make those cracks stress worse as the pressure is directed there. Correct me if I'm wrong pros, but a mustang roll would help get some pressure off those cracks.

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post #4 of 39 Old 09-21-2011, 07:10 AM
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the bars have to be taken care of, and he has alot of stuff that has to be taken of, He could use some Flaxseed, or BOSS, or even both to help with those dry hooves..also, he was not trimmed enough, he could of been brought back 1/2 inche more.....my main concern would be those bars...

but a mustang roll would help get some pressure off those cracks.
I agree...
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I Hope you dont mind that I did this with one of your pictures, If so, let me know, and I will delete this reply...
The hoof could be trimmed back closer to the yellow line, The blue color are the bars that should be even with the sole, you should have a smooth serface in that aera,The pink color is the heels, and they should be closer to the orange color, and has mentioned before, a very rounded mustang roll will help alot with the cracks..I am not a professonal farrier, Im just sharing what I have learned over the years owning a navicular horse... Good luck with your boy, let us know what your farrier thinks about our advice.
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I have always had my horses barefeet and I agree - those feet need serious moisture and the cracks in my opinion need work otherwise they will progress even further and the last thing you want is for them to reach the coronet and some of them arent far off. If my horses ever had sugns of cracks starting I used hoof supplements that are rubbed into the hoof. In fact i use them BEFORE the cracks appear to prevent them. Dry hooves = cracked hooves. It's important to make sure these supplements are rubbed in right from the coronet down to assist healthy re-growth. It may also mean he will need a trim more regualrly if the hooves are growing slightly quicker. These cracks can take a long time to get right. And the hooves could be shorter, I agree with Bay Lee.

In dry weather these feet need moisture and in the wet weather im afraid he could develop something like thrush underneath in those gaps.

I would have him trimmed properly by someone else JMHO
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I'd be looking at a new farrier. I'm horrendous with explaining feet but I'll point the glaringly obvious to me please correct me if im wrong.

The walls need to have more taken off ditto the bars and frog.

The heels look low to me, could be wrong. To be honest it looks likes it's been weeks since they were trimmed.

As stated you need to get moisture in those feet
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Only thing I saw when I looked at those hooves was "omg!" they are veryveryvery dry, remember no hoof no horse, and I agree with everyone about the bars and the frog as well. Imo get another farrier, the one who did that is blech.
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OMG is right..those feet need a serious and proper trim and moisture before your horse goes totally lame.
Please call your vet and get a recemendation of a farrier or try to find a farrier that can help out your horse. Im no farrier but your horse is going to have serious issues if he doesnt already.
Its been my experience that farriers who do this kind of work arent likely to take advice very well unfortunately. Hope you get him straightened around.
Sooner rather than later would be best for him.
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There simply is no value in offering any constructive critique.


Because, save a bit of sloppy radius to the stratum externum, there is little to no evidence presented in the photos that the feet have been recently trimmed.

One cannot critique work that has not been done short of saying, the work has not been done.

Might we presume that no exchange of money was involved?

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