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post #1 of 8 Old 03-05-2012, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Sahara's Hooves

Here are some pictures of my horses hooves. I have been doing her hooves myself. Just recently got hoof nippers. Did try to get a picture of the bottom of the hoof but will have to wait til next time. Holding a cam and her hoof is not easy. ^^ But I'm always afraid of nipping and filing too much.

The left hoof is done the right isn't for comparison
http://i1236.photobucket.com/albums/...harahoobes.jpg

Here is from the side both hooves done already
http://i1236.photobucket.com/albums/...arahoobes2.jpg

Just wondering what you think of the overall look. I have my own opinions but would like to hear how others see it. Thanks.
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-05-2012, 06:46 PM
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I'm no expert WHATSOEVER, but they look a little long to me

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post #3 of 8 Old 03-05-2012, 06:55 PM
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it looks like they are still to long. She is rocking back on the back of her hoof a bit to far. If you take more off the toe she should be fine.
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to me her toes look long and her heels underrun.

By no means am I an expert nor do I even attempt to trim my own horses so please take this with a grain of salt! :)
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I agree with the comments that the toe looks long and heels underrun, but I also have no training in trimming- just my own research and asking questions to my farrier and a trimmer at my barn.

The trimmer at my barn has mentioned he frequents a trimmer's forum; you might want to find a good one where you can ask other experienced trimmers what they'd recommend for getting that toe backed up.
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post #6 of 8 Old 03-06-2012, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks for your comments. Have made me research more. I have been leaving her heels alone after the first time they were trimmed and have been focusing on the toe but was wondering if I was heading in the right direction. Hopefully can get a picture of bottom of the hoof.
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Yeah, sole pics will help be more objective, but her feet are rather run forward & while you've done what looks like a nice bevel on the toes, I think more is probably needed too.

It's always best to *keep* the feet in shape, rather than to allow them to overgrow before trimming, especially when correcting problems, so you shouldn't need nippers at all regularly... only when life has got in the way & you find what you thought was 4 weeks was actually closer to 8 or more!

While so long as you understand the principles, maintenance trimming is not rocket science, correcting issues such as run forward feet is a bit more involved & I'd advise finding a good professional to help you, if only to do every second trim or such.
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Pic like these only tell 1/2 the story. I can identify one aspect of the pathology here, but what you can safely do about it will be known better with heel and solar shots of the underside.
I think you are doing a good trim so far, just need to be more proactive, in order to move forward. Flare forward is one of the hardest/longest pathologies to remediate. So, you need to do the correct things and keep on top of it to keep moving forward on it.
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