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        08-12-2013, 09:55 PM
    Thank you all for the information! I'll defiantly look those up, Trinity. Feeling overwhelmed with the amount of info I have to take in, but I am going to take my time with it and steadily learn. I took my first hoof pictures today. Missed a perspective though. :/ I rushed a bit but figured it might help a little. No harm, right? Also couldn't get Champ to stay still. People were herding chickens in for the night and they were defiantly more interesting than me.

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        08-12-2013, 09:56 PM
        08-12-2013, 09:58 PM
    Well, those are what I'd have to be dealing with. I see a lot of things that seem to need fixing but I'd love to hear any critique you all have. Last trim was on the 6th.

    These body shots are very bad. Sorry. :(
        08-13-2013, 03:43 PM
    Okay. So now that I got some time. Here are a few things that I see. My eye is still very untrained so correct me if I'm wrong.

    He seems to have a long toe, especially the fronts. Long heels as well, right? As they do not meet the corners of the frog. Every hoof has a definite flare. The crack in the left front is almost grown out. It was very deep on the inside. Blemish on left rear is due to a recent injury.

    Now, the bars confuse me a little. From what I've read, they are supposed to meet the side of the frog. Which leads me to believe they are long as well. They look wide too, but maybe it'd look better if his heel wasn't so long? It looks like he has quite a bit of bruising. What do you all think? He was sore after his last trim and I've never had that happen to him before. It was his rear left hoof causing the most problems for him and I never pinpointed the exact reason.

    Overall, I think it is doable for me. The thing that worries me most is fixing the flares. I'll have to do more research on that. To see how much to do at one trim, etc. I'm a bit wary of it just because I do not want to make him sore.
        08-13-2013, 04:22 PM
    The toes flare a bit and appear to long. The heels do not appear to be "that" long - but from what it looks like in the pictures they need to be brought back a bit and the bars are laying over in tandem with the "forwardness" of the heel, for a lack of a better way to put it. Overall and in general the feet look like they would be easy put into great shape. The frogs look healthy, there is a quarter crack and front "divot" b/c they need to be trimmed there and all the way around. It is difficult to tell if there is separation in the left rear around the quarter, or it is just hoof wall length against false sole, so I won't "go there", but if I were you I would "study" it up close and in person.
        08-14-2013, 12:41 AM
    I think there's some distortion in the pictures. I notice on a few the picture looks stretched and makes the toe looks stretched. And on 2, I think the reflection is making the hoof look like it has this concave wall on the side, like the R/F front, the L/F front and the L/R front. It looks like flare, but on the underside there's no flare.

    I think you did a really good job. Believe me, there is always more to learn and perfect, it never ends. As you go , you'll be adding fine tuning. Then you can come do my horse's hooves!
        08-14-2013, 11:12 AM
    Missy may- On the left rear there is a shallow gap around the wall that I can scoop out. I'm not sure if that it what you were talking about. A separation of sorts. It is deepest by the toe.

    Princess- There is no distortion on the pictures. I made sure of that. The flares are easily seen in person as well. It is just hard to see it on the underside. I haven't trimmed his feet yet. My farrier did it the last time. :) I am just trying to study them and plan out my approach. Haha

    I have keratex hoof hardener now since my farrier suggested it. I'm going to see if I see any difference. Hopefully I get tools soon and can try it out myself. I'll have my farrier check every now and again to make sure his hooves look alright.
        08-18-2013, 03:27 PM
    When the entire hoof is way too long, you can't see the flare from the underside. You also cannot tell if the bars have folded over, laying flat against the sole, which happens in a too-long hoof, which tends to look like thick, thick sole. If it's super hard, like bar, it's bar.

    Hardness from hard to softer: Wall, bar, sole, frog.

    Hooves all seem way too long, and way out in front of the internal structures of the hoof - bone, ligament, tendon, vascular capsule, laminae. Think: thick-soled clown shoes. Hard to walk.
        08-27-2013, 04:08 PM
    I am going to trim often, but to start off with I am not going to take too much until I am comfortable. Okay, so please correct me if I am wrong.

    Plan of approach: take back the toe and roll edges, wall about even with sole, and cut bars

    If I trim regularly, will the flares grow out or do they need a specific approach? Do his front frogs look like they have thrush issues(the deep crevices in between heels)?
        08-27-2013, 05:56 PM
    Little & often - every couple of weeks - is a good way to go, also a good way to start learning. Maybe I missed it but do you have anyone on hand to help you?

    Keeping a strong bevel on the front half of the walls should allow well connected, tight stuff to grow down. I'd take the front heels down a tad but mostly ensure the wall is short in front of them - rear quarters, and take bars back to the sole, as they look run forward, not too high. They look like nice feet overall.
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