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        08-27-2013, 07:27 PM
      #21
    Foal
    Mission failed. Went out with a plan and completely choked. Feel like I completely messed up and just hope that he does not get sore. Didn't even do his hind legs as I felt I was doing more harm than good. Bars were very hard to even cut into.

    Discouraged at the moment. I need to find a workshop or someone in the area willing to work with me. Anyone know of any good resources for this? I'd at least like to be able to do maintenance in between trims.

    Tools were harder to use than expected and I feel like maybe I shouldn't have even used the nippers. Some of the wall had broken off in the pasture and I feel that I just made it worse. The groove in his quarter is even bigger... Feeling emotional. Here are before and after pictures. Please just constructive comments and no hate. I feel bad enough as is... :(



    Front view after my "trim." Like I said, I kinda just stopped before I made things even worse.
         
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        08-28-2013, 05:31 AM
      #22
    Green Broke
    You did not do bad. Those look a lot like the first time I trimmed. To me, it looks like you could have taken more off, that's what I was told. It doesn't look like you really trimmed any sole.

    I don't have anyone helping or guiding me, so I may be incorrect. What I've found out is to scrape the white line area around the hoof until you get a clean line, no more dirt. Then you trim the sole down to that point. That will give you a good estimate of how much wall you can trim off.

    Again, I'm still learning myself, so if I am wrong, hopefully someone will correct that info.
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        08-28-2013, 07:22 AM
      #23
    Trained
    Relax! Looking at pics on phone so maybe not quite accurate, but agree you DID NOT do badly at all for a first trim... Just you've learned now its not quite as easy as it may look! also remember that you'll get better with practice & it's never as difficult as the first coupla times! <LOL>

    To make it easier on yourself, there's also no rule saying you must do all 4 feet in one fell swoop. While learning, stick to 2 at a time, or even one, till you get the hang.

    I don't believe in trimming into sole as a general rule(there are exceptions) and those feet don't appear to have much if any excess to come off, so not trimming into them is one good point. Hard to tell with only those angle shots, but seems you took the walls down ok but I would have beveled them a lot stronger in the front half of the hoof at least, to relieve the flares. Esp around that crack.
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        08-28-2013, 07:51 PM
      #24
    Banned
    You did just fine for your first trim gotta start some where it does get easier as you go. Iv been doing my own horses sence this spring.

    I find its easier to do fronts one day then backs next day and I keep them trimmed up every couple of weeks. I don't let them get to long so I only have to use rasp. Iam not to good with the nippers so I try to avoid those.
         
        08-29-2013, 06:26 PM
      #25
    Yearling
    I agree. It was better to not do enough than to do too much. They look balanced in the last pic. The other thing is you work towards an ideal, you're not going to get there for a few shoeings. But rounding the edges will at least stop some bad stuff from happening like flares and white line disease. I did 2 feet at a time as well.
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        08-29-2013, 08:10 PM
      #26
    Foal
    Thank you guys. The encouragement coupled with him not being lame the next day fixed a lot of my worries. I was rather emotional that night. Haha. So worried he was going to be sore again since that happened last time the farrier trimmed him.

    I puttered on his hooves again tonight. They look a whole lot better. Rounded and leveled the front ones better and did the back. Feeling good. And, I agree, I only used the rasp this time and I felt better about the end result. I didn't do well with the nippers the first time. Maybe someday. But if I keep it up regularly I won't even need them.

    On another plus side, he does really well for me. Little fidgety today but I've been putting his hoof between my legs for the underside and on my knee for the front and he has been very respectful. (I need a hoof stand) I think this will be very good for him because he has poor manners on the wash rack sometimes.

    Also, he has some hoof wall separation in the back. So I gotta figure a plan for that. I've been treating it with thrush buster. It is not too deep but rather long.
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        08-30-2013, 03:45 PM
      #27
    Weanling
    Bare Foot Horse

    This is an excellent website for hoof care information.

    I hope this helps!
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        09-17-2013, 08:11 PM
      #28
    Foal
    I've contacted my farrier that helped me with the large crack in his front hoof because the separation in his back hoof has got me very worried. In fact, I haven't been trimming his back feet because I did not want to make matters worse. It has been a while though and I haven't heard from him. It had been a few days since I went out to the barn. When I went out this evening with plans to ride, I was kind of horrified. I had to do something.

    To recap, he had injured his hoof a while ago and as the crack/scratch grew out- this resulted. I've been digging it out and treating with thrush buster. I did a light trim on his hoof this evening to kind of relieve some of the pressure since the flares have gotten SO out of control. But I need to do research if I am going to really give help to his situation. Is it okay to trim back the sides where the significant flaring is and bring his toe back more? The rest of his hooves are normal and quite easy for me to trim myself, but I wasn't sure if this separation changes how his hooves should be managed. It looks SO weak in the front. :( Anyway, any help/suggestions/resources would be extremely welcomed! Here are some pics: (I know I have to trim his bars as well, I need to get me some gloves though! Cut myself with the file tonight and can only imagine what the knife will do to me.)

         
        09-17-2013, 08:26 PM
      #29
    Trained
    Well, just going from the pics if it were me, I would trim him down, put a pretty pronounced bevel on it to ensure there was no leverage..and that all was "open" to dry air...and diligently treat the broken toe w antimicrobial agents - and scrubs.
         
        09-18-2013, 02:31 AM
      #30
    Trained
    Looks to me like you've probably backed up the toe adequately, but the quarters still need more. I'd bevel them from *just* inside where they should be if not flared. Re the crack/hole, I would think there is infection in there that you won't be able to get to topically, so I'd cut back/resect it to cut out the infected material before treating. **If the infection goes into live tissue, don't try to get it all tho & if you're not sure about safely resecting, get a farrier to do it.

    Pic shows green lines being about where the hoof wall 'should' be & blue lines how I'd trim/bevel to allow it to grow strongly.
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