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    12-29-2011, 12:19 PM
Okay, thank you, Mark, much appreciated.
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    01-02-2012, 02:22 AM
"Too much frog"? WTH is that? Knock off the toes and slightly trim the heels, and your horse will be moving alright.
    01-02-2012, 12:23 PM
Kay, thanks.
    01-02-2012, 08:33 PM
Originally Posted by Morgan Farrier service    
"Too much frog"? WTH is that?
Yeah, I'm curious to know where that idea came from??
    01-02-2012, 08:37 PM
Originally Posted by loosie    
Yeah, I'm curious to know where that idea came from??
After watching trimming videos and comparing her frogs to other horse's frogs they always seemed quite a bit smaller than her's did and she also didn't seem have as much sole as the others did either. So I was assuming that her frog had gotten too large and was taking over the sole. Guess I was wrong..
    01-02-2012, 09:33 PM
Originally Posted by AvasMom    
So I was assuming that her frog had gotten too large and was taking over the sole. Guess I was wrong..
Yeah, seems so, but don't kick yourself about it, we all make mistakes & get things wrong occasionally. Congratulate yourself on putting in the effort to learn better instead I find trimming videos, websites, examples, etc can be great learning material, but it is important to understand the anatomy & function well enough to be able to understand and analyse the information. Otherwise all we could be left with are unfounded assumptions or blind faith in whatever 'expert' or source of info we may have at hand.
    01-04-2012, 11:55 AM
Have your farrier check for overlaid bars in the front feet.
    01-06-2012, 05:33 PM
I started trimming Ava's feet today, I am not finished with them (I didn't do anything with the bars yet) I just wanted to get a start on it. I still need my hoof knife to finish a couple of things. I think they turned out fine, here are some before and after pictures.

Right front before

Right front after

Left front before

Left front after

As I said before I am not finished with them and I haven't started the hind feet yet either but will get to them. Thanks.
    01-06-2012, 06:17 PM

Looks like a reasonable start. While it's hard to tell from just a couple of stright-on pics, so no real idea of length, depth, balance, etc, it seems that you could perhaps take a little more off the heels. She needs a heap more from the quarters on the right fore, a fair bit more at least on the left, and they need to be rolled substantially. The toes appear to need backing up/rolling a bit more, esp the left.

I forget whether you told why you're trimming yourself, whether you can't get a good farrier/trimmer or such, but if at all possible, I'd advise you to get a few lessons, or at least trim under the supervision of a good trimmer a few times at least, and learn about the principles & function of hoof form, so you have a better grasp of what & why you're doing. If that's not possible, doing a workshop at least should help you understand better.
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