Removing toe callus when trimming
My new trainer is encouraging me to trim back the toe callus on my chronic laminitic mare's front hooves. From what I understand, that is usually not done with a barefoot trim, and I'm a little uncomfortable removing sole on a horse with rotation. I roll the wall aggressively at the toe, and she still has laminar separation, so she is bearing some weight on the toe callus. My trainer insists that this is causing her discomfort, but I'm afraid that if I load the wall rather than the sole at the toe callus, the separation will become worse, not better. Additionally, the trim I'm doing right now was checked by a barefoot trimmer just a few months ago, and she approved.
I guess the point of all this is I would like advice on whether it is safe for me to remove any of the toe callus, or if I should leave it alone. I'm leaning towards leaving it alone for now. I'm going to get updated radiographs in a few weeks, so I will know exactly where the bone is, and that might help a little.
One positive thing, this mare is sound enough for light work now (!!!) and I'm now getting a weekly lesson on her. :) The trainer loves her, so I'm hoping that we might be over the worst of it and that she'll stay mostly sound. This spring her feet got hot for a few days, but resolved with some bute. She was never really lame, just a little ouchie over gravel. That is a significant improvement over prior years, and she appears completely sound now, with no stumbling.
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