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post #1 of 65 Old 05-20-2010, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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Majors latest hoof trim...what do you guys think?

Can you guys tell anything from this. He got trimmed and front shoes.
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post #2 of 65 Old 05-20-2010, 11:14 PM
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I personally think he has a whole lot of hoof there that he really doesn't need, in particular, SUPER high heels. However, I really don't know a ton about hooves so I could be wrong...
I'm sure someone else who knows what they're talking about will come along and help you out more than I could. Haha

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I was thinking the same thing! From what I've read (mostly from RiosDad posts) the heel should be pretty short and the frog should be touching the ground. It kind of looks like your horses is sunken in?
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That trim is only a week old. I think the whole hoof seems really long. My friend took her two horses to an vet specializing in equine lameness and he told her that both her horses had uneven trims, one horses frog is dying because he can't make contact with it because of his lousy trim and he said both of her horse had entirely to long of hooves. I use the same farrier. Now I am really worried. I have always thought he left them to long, but now I'm worried that he is causing him to have problems. Major has also had some soreness issues in the past few months that I have never known him to have.

I should also mention that the last two times the farrier trimmed Majors feet, he didn't touch his back feet. Said they didn't need it. He didn't even rasp them.
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Well I guess its good that you're not insulted by our amateur assessments then, haha.

I would look in to getting a new farrier? Long toes/heels can cause all sorts of leg problems, in addition to killing off his frog. I don't know if it comes back once its dead....that would be something I would look in to!
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I was thinking the same thing! From what I've read (mostly from RiosDad posts) the heel should be pretty short and the frog should be touching the ground. It kind of looks like your horses is sunken in?


My friends horses frog is dying because it isn't touching the ground. We use the same farrier for Major and I am scared that is what is happening to him.
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Well I guess its good that you're not insulted by our amateur assessments then, haha.

I would look in to getting a new farrier? Long toes/heels can cause all sorts of leg problems, in addition to killing off his frog. I don't know if it comes back once its dead....that would be something I would look in to!

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All opinions are welcome. I want to know what you see. If ya have to, run out and look at your own horses trim and tell me what you see different with mine . I am really worried about the health of his feet now. I have busted my but, made sacrifices to make sure he has his feet done on time all the time. Now I find out that the farrier I have been using may be ruining his feet. I am searching for a new farrier, but for now, I want to know what you guys think of his hooves and wether or not I should be riding. His feet were done last week.
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I agree with everyone and say those feet are too long. That's what my horses feet look like after 3 months without a trim. And even if the back feet look ok, he should still nip the surface. Its impossible that a horse doesn't grow hoof in 6-8 weeks! The way the science of the frog was explained to me was by a really old farrier. It makes sense so ill share it (in way shorter form...he was 90 and talked to me about horses for atleast 3 hours)

In his opinion, a horse has 5 hearts. The one in the chest and each frog on each foot. A horses entire anatomy is set up to be on the move almost constantly. Each step a horse takes sends old blood up and syphons new blood down. This is what keeps the blood circulating in the hooves and lower limbs. If the frog cannot make contact with the ground, blood pools in the area and causes the frog to die. Without blood circulation in the feet, the hoof will fail.
Sounds pretty reasonable to me!
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Well I'm about a 10 minute drive from my horse, but I can tell you what his feet look like right now, and they're at 8 weeks and being trimmed tomorrow.

They're definitely not as long/stacked as your horses, the heels are flared out and his toes are really just starting to get long in the front. His heels are probably only 2 inches, maybe. I've never been good with measurements, but his are at least an inch shorter than your guys.
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That sounds reasonable to me too, but scary too. What have I done to my horse ? I have my horse done every 6 weeks, that means his back feet haven't been touched in twelve weeks. I am very worried about his frogs also. This same farrier told me something was wrong with my horses knees and he needed to be done every six weeks instead of 8 to insure that he stays sound. Do you guys see anything with his knees?
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