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    12-08-2010, 10:32 PM
So you shouldn't trim the frog, my friend is always trimming hers and is teaching my hubby, we're afraid to(don't want to hurt them). My hubby trims the sole a little, and mainly trims,as you say, the danglys from their frogs, glad we're afraid to, besides Kalila's is dry half the time. Anyone got a clue on dry frogs, I can't use rub-ons she is in sandy dirt a lot and it cakes.
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    12-08-2010, 11:06 PM
I agree that there is still flaring on the sides. Compare the right side of the right front hoof to the left side of the same hoof. Print out the pic and draw a line on each side. I think the toe could be shorter, esp on the right front, but the angle is a bit off so it's hard to tell. Look at the angle of new growth (about 3/4" from the coronet band) and the rest of the hoof should follow that for the sides and toe.

I do think there is something off with the heels. Since you are dealing with an issue already, you may be well on the right track. I think it might be that given the history she needs to fill in her front sole so you can bring the heels back more, but it's so hard for me to see it. There are other people more experienced here, maybe they will chime in.

I agree as well that you probably could have more roll. Maybe not as much as Vida's, but more than you have.

Also, sole and rear view shots help. Best to do pics on concrete, asphalt or wood if you can. Remember to look down the bottom line of the hoof when you are holding it up to judge your level from side to side, esp at the heels. (Can't tell from the pics of course.)

One of the best ways to judge your own horses feet is to print out pics and draw all over them. It's absolutely amazing what you can see in a picture that you don't see in real life.

All in all, decent job from what I see. Lots and lots of horses would be soo much better off with a trim like that.
    12-09-2010, 03:17 AM
Green Broke
What does the mustang roll do? Don't want to hijack the thread but curious. Does it prevent chipping more so?
    12-09-2010, 08:57 AM
The mustang roll mimics the way a horse's feet wear away naturally in the wild. It definitely helps with the cracks and the chipping.
    12-09-2010, 11:04 AM
It also makes the breakover smoother - meaning, when the horselifts his foot in taking a step, the toe of his hoof just "rolls" on the ground, so he can pick up his hoof sooner to also prevent clipping his heels with a back foot,
    12-09-2010, 11:20 AM
I think it's a good job (although I can see little bit of flares). What I'm wondering though (please, no offense taken!), why they are so scratched all around? Do you have a dull instrument or something? I do touch-ups on my horses myself, and they always look like the pic Vida posted (smooth all around).
    12-09-2010, 06:33 PM
KV -- if it's the same as when I do mine, it depends which side of the rasp you use. I don't usually bother to make it all pretty like Vida's. In a few hours they will smooth out on their own.
    12-10-2010, 10:50 AM
The "scratches" are from the finer side of the rasp - when I take back the toe, I usually get the bottom part of the wall with either the fine side of the rasp or the edge - it does end up smoothing out eventually though.
    01-06-2011, 10:57 AM
I'd have to see a picture of the bottom of the feet to make a judgement. You still have some flare, so I'd expect to see some lamellar wedge where the is flare - how much can really only be assessed from below. However, given that the horse had a lot of flare and detachment when you started, you are making great progress at getting the walls grown in. The hoof wall looks quite uniform, notable absence of horizontal rings looks like the diet is agreeing with the horse and is consistant.

I have one horse who feet had significant lamminitus and seperation (which is one of the things that got me started trimming my own) that looks very much like this horses feet after about 8 months of home trimming.

I'd say you are making good progress and have the diet pretty close to right. With out seeing the hoof from below I don't know for sure, but if what I saw from below confirms what I think I'd see, I'd probably roll it more where there is lamellar wedge to take more load off the hoof wall.

    01-06-2011, 11:23 PM
Since this thread came up again, I had a fresh look at the OP pics. I noticed that the trim is uneven -- shorter on the inside. That may also be contributing to the flare.

How are her feet now -- we're at about 4 weeks. Update?

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