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post #1 of 5 Old 06-02-2012, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
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Hoof Trimming & Question about sole thickening

My horse Hidalgo had injured his hind leg in March. He couldn't bear weight on it for about a month so I couldn't do his hooves and I'm not strong enough to support him. He is ok now and I was able to do his hooves. I'm still learning how to trim hooves myself. I have never really done his hooves since he always had nice ones being ridden and running around on his own but since he couldn't do either the past few months his feet have grown.

I'm still learning on how to trim as I started with Sahara and will also show her progress.



I am still reluctant to do a lot at once because I'm afraid to over do things but was thinking of going for


or would that be to much?

This is Frisky's Hooves, I'm sorry it rained as I was doing them

Sahara is the one I made threads of before. I think she is doing much better. I was told to be more proactive but a bit confused as if they are referring to me doing her hooves more often or doing more each trim.

Last Month

This Morning, I did her hooves between May 2 and today but was afraid doing too much at a time.

I found a bruise?

I was reading up on sole callus. I noticed my horses hooves are not concave especially near toe area but have read that the horses sole thickens where it needs to and I should leave it alone. I also see in videos of people taking off the sole but it comes of easy and flaky. Mine seem to be more firm and gummy like. Is this something to worry about? I live in a humid tropical area. Rainy season just started. Since she has a flare forward does that change my approach? Also not good to file hoof wall from top?

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You're getting carried away with the whole "mustang roll" thing.

The distal wall is a primary weight bearing structure.

The radius need be no more than about 1/3 (preferably less) the thickness of the wall.

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While I basically agree with what Mark said, IME it does depend on the state of the hooves & the environment they live/work in as to how much you may need to bevel. Unless they're very stretched - which they don't appear to be - or there is seedy toe to clean out/releive, I wouldn't be inclined to do it so strongly.

Can't tell balance & such from those angles very well, but Hildago's heels appear long & forward & may benefit from being lowered/bevelled. Re your comment about being told to be more proactive, why not ask 'them' what they mean? Who told you this & what was their reasoning?
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I am doing to much. Ok I'll lay off the file.

loosie, in old thread I was told to bring the toe and heels down and the sole will recede. To stop the hoof from flaring forward, Maybe I misunderstood and did more that what she/he meant. On another forum I was told to be more proactive. I did ask what that meant, if they meant I should do her hooves more often or be more aggressive in taking off.

Her hooves use to be oval shape, they are more round now and she hasn't had problems with showing pain or tenderness, I noticed a seedy area at the toe on Sahara and went to where it stopped and found the bruise the then rasped a bit to see if there were more or worse ones but didn't see any. Should have I not done that?
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It's hard to tell from those angles, & not knowing what your horse's feet were like when you received those 'proactive' comments, she may well have needed backing up to that degree, but i suspect that it is unnecessary & unhelpful for her at this point.
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