Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
severely over grown bars
As I have posted elsewhere, my new filly's feet were in horrid condition, IMO. I was unable to trim her myself b/c I didn't have anyone to hold her. I do my mare at liberty, but didn't have time to train the filly to do same. I was lucky to get someone this close to the holidays, but I had emphasized it was "dire" and they made room for me in their schedule. To me, it was an emergency or sorts. Surprisingly, she showed no signs of lameness. She was trimmed this morning. I am slow and meticulous and "critical", so no trim job is going to be "perfect" to me, including and especially my own. I was just glad they got trimmed. They were not rounded to my liking, but I can do that myself. That isn't my biggest concern.
Below are pics of her right front. The 14th nov one was taken after I trimmed a small (relatively speaking) piece off of the right (in pic) bar that extended clear to her hoof wall, and a piece of the left bar that had grown into her frog. The bar material over the toe was extremely hard. I did manage to get most of the same "blob" off the left front toe during the past week. As I pared the "blob" down I became unable to tell if I had hit sole or was still slicing "bar". It seems as if it would be easy to determine; it is not.
The other pic below is post trim. I think their is still a "cross-section" of bar over the toe area. But, I am afraid to remove this material b/c I think the overgrowth could have compromised the sole beneath it, and I don't want to "thin" it further if I am wrong. I asked the farrier about it and he said the bar had just grown in with the toe callus, it was not that big of a deal (I think he meant it wasn't quite the "emergency" I made it out to be), and that he sees it often and that she has good feet and that "that" (see slick looking area in after trim pic) was her sole. Well, I have never seen bar overgrowth to that extent, but I am sure he sees a lot more feet than I.
Soooo, do you think I should take more "sole" (what I think is remaining bar) off in the toe callus area, let her go for a bit, or???
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.