Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
I have seen it before, only recently though - when I got a new filly. Her bars were all over her sole, unbelievable! I initially had a farrier get her straight and have since been maintaining her tootsies. And, in fact, I have noticed that her bars grow at a phenominally fast rate - much faster than the rest of the hoof wall. The farrier did not agree w me that some of what was left around the toe was bar after he was done. It was.
It "seems" as if you can just take the bar layer off, and if you can - that is great. But, in my case, I found there to be 2 "types". Some of it will just came off in a layer (with tools) to expose the normal sole. But (there is always a but), some of it had seemingly "melded" (for lack of a better word) with the sole and I would start questioning myself (is this still bar, or is it sole I am taking off?) b/c it's "properties" were very similar to sole. My greatest concern was that the sole was thin underneath after having a "plate" over it and stopping it from growing - and I did not want to be inadvertantly removing sole. I had to just go by the depth of the apex of the frog to reassure myself I "could" safely remove it in paper thin sliced at a time. In my case (dry climate), it was extremely hard material, and not easy to remove. I tried to attack it from the edge (where it created a "shelf") inward. It is a slow process. And, there is normal sole under there, but in my case, I had to keep checking other indicators b/c the material can so easily "fool you".
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.