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post #1 of 18 Old 05-26-2013, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Lazy horse. Dragging toe.

Well I just throw some pictures out there...




Been barefoot since the day he was born, never made a lame step, I see the flare, and am workin on that.

My question, how he wears down the toe, what can I do to help bring the flare in to match. Other then the obvious, consistent trimming.

He is super lazy at a walk when in the pasture, hence the toe wear. He does NOT drag toe when under saddle or even in hand. Just when he's, well, being lazy.
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If you look at the second picture, you can see the right rear is actually worn backwards.

I hadn't intended to mention that, but since the pic shows it, lets look at that too
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Look at those heels!! Looks like his toes are just long- he should quit after you remove the flare.

Would be nice to see a picture after the hoof being picked out. lol.
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Look at those heels!! Looks like his toes are just long- he should quit after you remove the flare.

Would be nice to see a picture after the hoof being picked out. lol.
Yeah I know. Just decided to take pics today after I cut him loose. Shoulda seen me tryin to get my phone out of my back pocket while I had his leg up....

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deja vu just hit me like a ton of bricks!

Hes got some nice lookin feet though! You trim them yourself?
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deja vu just hit me like a ton of bricks!

Hes got some nice lookin feet though! You trim them yourself?
I sadly don't. I can, I know how, and I have. But.....

I don't feel sure of myself enough to do it unsupervised.
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I sadly don't. I can, I know how, and I have. But.....

I don't feel sure of myself enough to do it unsupervised.
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i know that feeling well- it really helped me to read as much as i could about the hoof capsule and all- i always thought i was trimming too short but turns out i was trimmin too long, lol.

Black feet are the easiest to read and your horse has rockin feet too!
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I haven't read through the comments but I had a horse that did this same thing.

We had him checked for stifle and he was cleared of anything being wrong.
The shoer ended up crafting him a special shoe @ the school near here. It basically was a regular shoe with small plate welded onto the toe, with growing room. He looked quite the franken-horse. The idea was the extra weight + extra length beyond his toe would teach him to pick his foot up like he should.
Unfortunately, he ended up passing away after only his 2nd shoeing with that shoe of a freak accident, so I can't tell you if it ended up working as planned or not. His toe was growing out from not being able to drag it directly anymore. I still have the shoe if you are interested in seeing it.

Edit: I just re-read your post and it seems that you are asking for specific ways to trim. I think I misunderstood and thought you were just asking what you can do about the problem in general. Sorry. I'll also add that my gelding that was doing this was wearing his hoof down very badly, otherwise he would have remained barefoot.

Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.

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i know that feeling well- it really helped me to read as much as i could about the hoof capsule and all- i always thought i was trimming too short but turns out i was trimmin too long, lol.

Black feet are the easiest to read and your horse has rockin feet too!
Thank you, believe it or not I've heard that he's piss footed from a lotta folks. Only ones who liked his feet is the guy who showed me how to trim and the gal who's been doing them, as I watch like a kid watching jiffy pop.
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I haven't read through the comments but I had a horse that did this same thing.

We had him checked for stifle and he was cleared of anything being wrong.
The shoer ended up crafting him a special shoe @ the school near here. It basically was a regular shoe with small plate welded onto the toe, with growing room. He looked quite the franken-horse. The idea was the extra weight + extra length beyond his toe would teach him to pick his foot up like he should.
Unfortunately, he ended up passing away after only his 2nd shoeing with that shoe of a freak accident, so I can't tell you if it ended up working as planned or not. His toe was growing out from not being able to drag it directly anymore. I still have the shoe if you are interested in seeing it.

Edit: I just re-read your post and it seems that you are asking for specific ways to trim. I think I misunderstood and thought you were just asking what you can do about the problem in general. Sorry. I'll also add that my gelding that was doing this was wearing his hoof down very badly, otherwise he would have remained barefoot.
Thanks, either way, I'd like to see the shoes. We are all here to learn and you have knowledge. Feel free to share

Sorry to here ya lost one too soon.
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