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  • Horse sole thickness
  • Measuring sole thickness in horses using the collateral grooves

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    05-25-2013, 03:47 PM
  #1
Weanling
How do you judge sole thickness?

I've seen "thin sole" and "thick sole" comments on various pictures. What are you looking at?
     
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    05-25-2013, 06:56 PM
  #2
Yearling
I think you can tell some by the collateral grooves , the deepness of the groove. If it's deep , it's a thick sole. Hopefully someone has a better explanation than mine, LOL
     
    05-25-2013, 08:37 PM
  #3
Foal
I received a diagnosis from the vet when I got xrays of bilateral hooves because my gelding was lame. You could see and measure the mm in the cups from the xrays, average is 15 mm thickness and my geldings right from was 7-8 mm thick.....or thin rather:(
     
    05-25-2013, 08:42 PM
  #4
Green Broke
The average sole is 3/8in thick. Most will not vary too much unless removed by a farrier.
     
    05-27-2013, 10:48 PM
  #5
Trained
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Originally Posted by Honeysuga    
The average sole is 3/8in thick. Most will not vary too much unless removed by a farrier.
The average *healthy* soles may be, but it's very common for horse's soles to be too thin to provide enough protection, far thinner than 3/8" and that farriers paring too much sole is but *one* reason for thin soles, not the major one.

OP, there are a number of 'landmarks' on the outside of the hoof capsule that can give you a fair idea of what lies beneath. As mentioned, the 'collateral grooves' - that is, the junction of sole & frog - are one. How deep or shallow these are, particularly at the point of the frog, will give you an idea. How concaved or otherwise the sole is, whether that concavity continues right out to the walls or whether there is a flat section around the outside. How much flaring/stretching there is, and whether the sole yields to pressure.... I've felt some soles that yielded to pinky pressure!. Any one of these 'signs' alone may not mean much though, as concavity etc is different for different animals, and the only precise method does seem to be taking xrays, but considering all those 'landmarks' will give you a good idea.
     
    05-27-2013, 10:54 PM
  #6
Trained
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Originally Posted by Honeysuga    
The average sole is 3/8in thick. Most will not vary too much unless removed by a farrier.
The average *healthy* soles may be, but it's very common for horse's soles to be too thin to provide enough protection, far thinner than 3/8" and that farriers paring too much sole is but *one* reason for thin soles, not the major one.

OP, there are a number of 'landmarks' on the outside of the hoof capsule that can give you a fair idea of what lies beneath. As mentioned, the 'collateral grooves' - that is, the junction of sole & frog - are one. How deep or shallow these are, particularly at the point of the frog, will give you an idea. How concaved or otherwise the sole is, whether that concavity continues right out to the walls or whether there is a flat section around the outside. How much flaring/stretching there is, and whether the sole yields to pressure.... I've felt some soles that yielded to pinky pressure!. Any one of these 'signs' alone may not mean much though, as concavity etc is different for different animals, and the only precise method does seem to be taking xrays, but considering all those 'landmarks' will give you a good idea.
     
    05-27-2013, 11:33 PM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by loosie    
The average *healthy* soles may be, but it's very common for horse's soles to be too thin to provide enough protection, far thinner than 3/8" and that farriers paring too much sole is but *one* reason for thin soles, not the major one.
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I guess I overestimate modern hoofcare then...
     
    06-04-2013, 05:07 PM
  #8
Weanling
Thanks all for the replies. It's still a bit hard for me to figure. I'll ask my farrier too when she comes again.
     
    06-04-2013, 06:20 PM
  #9
Trained
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Originally Posted by Honeysuga    
I guess I overestimate modern hoofcare then...
I don't understand what you mean? What do you call 'modern hoofcare' & what's it got to do with it?

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Thanks all for the replies. It's still a bit hard for me to figure.
Beling, if your farrier's good, she'll be able to make it clear for you, but perhaps you could post some hoof pics & we could tell you what we think & why, for you to get a better idea.
     

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