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  • Horse with crooked feet

 
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    06-12-2010, 11:12 AM
  #1
Foal
hoof trimming

Hey guys,
So I trim my horses feet myself, but after being away from one of them for three months they hadn't had a trim, because I didn't know any of the farriers in the area, and I like to see someones work before they take nippers to my horse. Anyway, because he hadn't been trimmed his feet are uneven, more upright on the inside of the foot, and sloped on the outside, its nothing major, I would like to know a way to be trimming to try and correct it.
Btw, my horse is not shoed.

Any help would be appreciated.
     
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    06-12-2010, 03:46 PM
  #2
Weanling
Does your horse have any crooked joints?

If the joint is crooked you need to trim the hoof accordingly. If the joint is crooked and you trim an even level hoof onto the horse there's the possibility of crippling em. But even if it doesn't cripple em they'll be quite sore.


Another possibility is that the hooves are growing quarter flares on the outside of the hoof?

Just a couple of ways I interpreted what you typed.

Sometimes pictures help to decipher what's going on. Any pictures? But a professional that knows all this stuff that can hold the hooves will know what to do.

Here's a link about barefoot hooves. And on the left side look for the, "Trimmers List", link. And from there you may be able to find someone in your area.

I don't know if any of this will be of any help to ya. But pictures may help the professionals which show up here from time to time give you a good idea of what's going on.
     
    06-12-2010, 06:46 PM
  #3
Foal
No, his joints aren't crooked..

To me the quarters on the inside of his feet seem to be the culprits, they look to be too vertical, as well he has gotten a single bump "ring" parallel to his coronary band on each of his front feet, I would imagine because he needed to be trimmed and that it will grow out. I will post some pictures tomorrow.

I have been shown how to trim them from a farrier, and he's been done by this same person twice since october, its just where they haven't been done for three months until recently.. I can't remember if they were always like it, but I know I have pictures I took of them from Janurary, ill have to dig them up.
     
    06-12-2010, 06:50 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Can you post the link again. It didn't seem to go through.
     
    06-12-2010, 06:58 PM
  #5
Weanling
OOPS. I forgot to post it. Here it is.

The Horse's Hoof, News for Barefoot Hoofcare
     
    06-12-2010, 07:20 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I don't think I would be concerned with using someone you haven't used before as long as you got some recomendations. I think they probably have more experience than you for something corrective??
     
    06-12-2010, 09:13 PM
  #7
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by totalfreedom    
Does your horse have any crooked joints?

If the joint is crooked you need to trim the hoof accordingly. If the joint is crooked and you trim an even level hoof onto the horse there's the possibility of crippling em. But even if it doesn't cripple em they'll be quite sore.

You should always trim a hoof even and level.
     
    06-12-2010, 10:16 PM
  #8
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
You should always trim a hoof even and level.
Agreed. I've seen very few horses that wear evenly, and it will be much more noticeable after 3 months. Trim them even and rasp any flares. If you're worried about taking too much off, even them up a bit one day and then go back a couple days later and finish it up.
     
    06-13-2010, 05:19 PM
  #9
Weanling
I think I need to work on my verbage. What I was trying to convey about crooked joints and hoof trimming is this.

Verbatim from the professionals mouth.
"Cutting a straight foot onto a crooked limb is just as destructive as cutting a crooked foot onto a straight limb." - Pete Ramey


I know this doesn't help the OP cus it was said their horse didn't have any crooked joints. But I wanted to clarify this statement anyway.


But back to the OP. Flares are easy. Just stay on top of em and watch em grow away. And if you are looking for a professional I noticed one in your area, "but of course they could be hours from you". And I think it's smart to see someones work before you allow em to take knife to hoof.
     
    06-14-2010, 02:24 PM
  #10
Foal
You are correct, obv if the horses joints are crooked, and you trim the hoof level, not according to how the horse stands, pressure will be applied unevenly, causing brusing or pain, at least until it wears itself down.

I'm weary about "professionals" I haven't seen, because there has been a couple that have done friends horses that make them crooked and have lamed the horse. Though I don't think I do a fantastic job, my horse has never been lame.

Heres the pictures..

Front right








Front left






As well here are a couple pictures of the 19 y/o mare I take care of during spring/summer. I trimmed her during christmas but I didn't trim enough and prior to that she had never had a proper trim, you can see her heels are contracted and frog elongated, due to shoes being on for too long.

first trim since christmas, I didnt do much reshaping, but you can Imagine that they were very long, she hadn't gotten much excersize in that time.. there was a bit of wall detachment and her bars and heels were very overgrown.. you can also see that I rasped back the heels and opened up the bars.
     

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