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        12-29-2012, 01:34 PM
    The toe is at a good length compared to the sole, yet the quarters are WAY longer than the sole when we look across the bottom of this foot. They are flared. So when the horse hits the ground, the quarters are taking alot more impact and pressure than the toe area. (imbalance) The pressure at the quarters with the toe floating over the ground are pulling the whole wall out on the sides like a paper cup being pulled apart by the sides, finally the wall has cracked to releve this pull and allow the foot to flex more and touch the ground level as it can.

    Lower the wall at the quarters to the same length of the wall at the toe, keep it here, and the cracks will grow out in time when they are no longer being pulled apart from imbalance. This is a trimming error.
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        12-29-2012, 01:35 PM
    And yes, some horses do have naturally dished quarters. Some don't.

    Here are some pictures right here on petes home page. Notice how they are trimmed and the overall shape and length of wall at the quarters. Also note the releationship of the heel andgle with the quarters. Important to note so you don't lay the horse back on his bulbs. The heels stand up more.

        12-29-2012, 04:35 PM
    Iseul, You have probably never seen the way nature intended the hoof to look. What is common is for the hoof to be trimmed flat all around in preparation for a shoe, or just a plain pasture trim. If the hoof wall is trimmed to 1/8th inch above the sole plane, there will be a natural dome shape along the quarters. Look for pictures of natural hooves and you will see what I'm talking about.
        12-29-2012, 05:47 PM
    Well, I'm almost scared to show these after pic's, but I did a trim and am looking for some advice on what I did right/wrong/or OH CRUD! :)

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        12-29-2012, 06:01 PM
    It appears you have some fungal issues there under those cracks also with these new pictures. Take your hoof knife and skim off the outer layers of the crack and open it up all the way to the top. The top is where it will grow and expand so open it well as it looks to not be the full thickness of the wall, just the outer layers. Then treat it topically with something strong. Strong iodine, thrusbuster has been known to work, durasole, save a hoof...something thin, liquidy so it gets down deep in there and strong.

    Heels need to come back and down some more (still too tall and a bit forward is appears from these shots) and the bars still look a bit high but its a vast improvement. If you take your pictures with the camera on the ground level with the hoof, it will show more true angles.

    Try not to touch sole at the toe. Your horse has a nice foot with a few little issues that are fixable.
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        12-29-2012, 06:19 PM
    Thank you Trinity. After I trimmed her up, I took the iodine and put in in the cracks and have been doing that once a week. Probably should do it several times a week.

    I've aways been afraid of taking too much off the heel, perhaps when I go back out there later or tomorrow, I will take the rasp to her heels a few strokes on each side and see if that helps. I didn't take barely anything off the sole of her toe, it was just with the rasp to round off and file back the excess hoof wall. I wanted to work on the bars a little more, but my hoof knife is super dull...so I plan on going back to it with a sharpened hoof knife. :)

    Thanks so much for your input, it's really appreciated!

        12-30-2012, 09:45 AM
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    If you want something to help judge your heel off, use the frog. The heel should come close to level with the highest point of the frog.

    Also..keep taking off some of that flare in the way back beside the heels. There's more than enough wall there to continue rasping some more off.
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