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post #1 of 13 Old 10-28-2008, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Hoof Trimming

I guess the question I want to ask is can horses feet get tender after trimming? I have 4, all of which I keep barefoot at this time, and one recently got shoes pulled so I can understand him being tender...but after this last trim they all are walking tenderly on their feet. They were 2 weeks past their normal every 8 week period (farrier was sick), could that be part of the problem? To me they look great...and it took forever to find a reliable farrier that I could trust, so I hope you can tell me this can be normal..its just my mare and one of my geldings have never been sore after a trim so I guess that's what has me worried...thanks
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post #2 of 13 Old 10-28-2008, 12:43 PM
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My older quarter horse gelding sometimes gets tender after but it clears up after a few days. I couldn't say for sure if this is normal or not but to me it seems like it could be. If it doesn't clear up after a few days though I might be worried. This is just my experience though..

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post #3 of 13 Old 10-28-2008, 05:34 PM
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It could be due to the weather, ie wet conditions then dry causing the sole to exfoliate. However most horses who have been barefoot trimmed long enough to be acclimated will not become tender right after their usual trim. Perhaps the new trimmer is doing something a big different than the previous one did. Removing sole callous is my first thought.

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I had a farrier trim my horses feet too 'short'. He was tender footed for a couple days but was perfectly fine after that...the farrier I use now is very good and has never trimmed too short before. If he is osre for more then a couple of days, I would look into it (internet research, vet, farrier)

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Its most commonly caused by trimming the feet to short. He should get over the pain after a few days.
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post #6 of 13 Old 10-28-2008, 07:52 PM
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hmm I agree with whats been said> My horse has never been sore from it rele. Once he's trimmed I actually ride like right after usually, so that he can get used to those new feets =P

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post #7 of 13 Old 10-28-2008, 07:56 PM
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One time my guys were overdue for a trim...it was almost a month past due and they were tender after a trim. Mine are barefoot too. If it doesn't clear up in about 4-5 days, I'd call the farrier again and maybe have them take another look.

After all, we're human and we do mess up from time to time.

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post #8 of 13 Old 10-28-2008, 09:25 PM
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It's not uncommon for farriers to trim too short and have the horse sore for a week or even two. I've seen both too much sole taken off the toe and too much heel taken off.

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post #9 of 13 Old 10-29-2008, 07:26 AM
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yes, I too have experienced horses with sore tooties after a trim. I'm sure they'll be fine after a few days or so.

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post #10 of 13 Old 10-29-2008, 11:24 AM
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I personally would say your farrier was too aggressive and probably trimmed away to much.
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