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post #1 of 22 Old 01-19-2013, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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How often to trim the hooves?

How often should "my" horse's hooves be trimmed? How do I tell if it's needed?
Yes, she's still here on our property and even though she's not our's she thinks she is (owner doesn't care what we do with her). Looking with my untrained eye her hooves look like they need a prof. Pedicure. She spends her time on soft ground, mud, grass, snow, and ice.
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post #2 of 22 Old 01-19-2013, 04:46 PM
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General rule is about every 8 weeks. Those with issues might need to be done every 4 weeks. During the winter ours don't grow as fast so we can stretch it out an extra week or so.
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post #3 of 22 Old 01-19-2013, 06:03 PM
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I trim my mare's hooves myself and I generally do a little something to them once or twice every 2 weeks.
At least in her case, to keep on top of flares, chips, etc, 3 weeks is as far as I would push it.

But, for the average horse, I think 5-8 weeks is pretty average and good. I certainly wouldn't go much longer than 8 weeks on soft ground.
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post #4 of 22 Old 01-19-2013, 06:04 PM
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It depends on the type of terrain (rocky or not rocky), type of soil (sand vs dirt) and diet.

All of those things = how fast the hooves grow or wear themselves down.

My horses get trimmed every four weeks because they all grow hoof really fast and I have two with insulin issues. Insulin issues affect the hooves (think Type II diabetes in humans) and hooves belonging to these types of horses cannot be mis-managed.

If I am to take your Forum name literally, it sounds as if you are not used to having horses and someone has tread on your kindness to let them keep their horse on your property

If that is the case, you are probably clueless as to who is a good farrier/trimmer in your area and who isn't. Anyone who needs your business will lie and convince you they are the best and after they're done trimming you won't know the difference, simply because you're not familiar with how hooves should be trimmed

If you are fortunate to have more than one large animal vet in your area, I would call everyone of them for recommendations. Explain your situation because, as a rule, vets don't like to do that sort of thing, but they make exceptions.

Hopefully you would get more than one reference for the same person

If your instinct is telling you the horse needs a pedicure, then it needs one since I have yet to know of any woman whose instincts aren't spot-on

Good luck with this, as it seems you have inherited a horse, like it or not

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post #5 of 22 Old 01-21-2013, 06:02 AM
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Hi & Welcome.

I find as a general rule, 4-6 weekly for most horses & situations. The aim of the game is to trim them often enough to *keep* them in well functioning shape, rather than allow them to overgrow substantially & have to 'correct' problems & imbalance at every trim. So I'm betting that if you're thinking she looks due and she's been there a while without a farrier, she's well overdue. Could take a few regular good trims at least to get her back in shape before you could start on a 'maintenance' schedule.
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post #6 of 22 Old 01-21-2013, 07:40 AM
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One every eight weeks. The growing 2 year old we have done every 3-4 so we keep his legs where they need to be.
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post #7 of 22 Old 01-21-2013, 07:52 AM
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Depends on the horse. Your farrier should help determine it. My horse is 6 weeks in the warm months and 8 weeks in the cold ones.
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It depends on the type of terrain (rocky or not rocky), type of soil (sand vs dirt) and diet.

All of those things = how fast the hooves grow or wear themselves down.

My horses get trimmed every four weeks because they all grow hoof really fast and I have two with insulin issues. Insulin issues affect the hooves (think Type II diabetes in humans) and hooves belonging to these types of horses cannot be mis-managed.

If I am to take your Forum name literally, it sounds as if you are not used to having horses and someone has tread on your kindness to let them keep their horse on your property

If that is the case, you are probably clueless as to who is a good farrier/trimmer in your area and who isn't. Anyone who needs your business will lie and convince you they are the best and after they're done trimming you won't know the difference, simply because you're not familiar with how hooves should be trimmed

If you are fortunate to have more than one large animal vet in your area, I would call everyone of them for recommendations. Explain your situation because, as a rule, vets don't like to do that sort of thing, but they make exceptions.

Hopefully you would get more than one reference for the same person

If your instinct is telling you the horse needs a pedicure, then it needs one since I have yet to know of any woman whose instincts aren't spot-on

Good luck with this, as it seems you have inherited a horse, like it or not

Please feel free to ask a lot of questions
Thank you so much! Good suggestion to ask vet for recommendations (our dog/cat vet also treats horses).

Down here many horses are turned out to pasture and not cared for properly. No, the owner didn't tread on my kindness (he's been a good & helpful neighbor). It's half he asked and half my husband wanted a horse (he has a good amount of experience with them). Although I know next to nothing about horses, I agreed because I love animals and this way she is away from a local horse thief (lives down the road!) who stole her 2 companions. Here we know she gets proper feed and water twice a day as well as some human interaction. Husband has great rapport with her but she's green and stubborn and doesn't really respect or trust me--I'm working on this--not ready to give up on her. I will never want to ride her; the goal is mutual respect and affection. Posting in the training forum, too.
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Just like everyone said, it really depends of the horse and the ground. During the summer my mare's hooves has to be done every 4 weeks, 5-6 weeks maximum. Compared to winter where they can be done every 8-9 weeks :)
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