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post #31 of 35 Old 06-02-2012, 09:40 PM
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I hate how some trimmers just whack the heels off...completely wrong IMO.
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I hate how some trimmers just whack the heels off...completely wrong IMO.
Trinity, can you expand on this please? I don't understand what you mean by whacking the heels off. Do you mean they take off heel without looking at or trimming the rest of the hoof? Or they cut the heels down so much that there isn't any heel left? Or do you mean that they assume that every horse must be trimmed the same?
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I know you asked Trinity NM, but in my experience, the second 2 you mentioned mostly. Seems to be a particular 'brand' of trimmer that does that. Taking heels down to the quick, because they 'should be' that low(I wonder what makes the horse lame after a trim??!!). But on your first point, I do find this 'style' also tends to leave long toes, broken back pastern angles too.
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I have seen alot of trimmers lately who cut the heel off too short and to the level of frog thus dropping the horse into an unnatural and unhealthy bony alignment (think of this leg in motion and imagine the stress on those tendons! Hello injury!) such as the link above. The toe is TOO long for heels that short and thus the heels SHOULDNT be that short. Bony alignment and proper form and function IN MOTION as well as at rest trump ANY "trimming method"

The general rule is to work on the TOE first in these cases getting its ducks in a row and breackover back where it should be. Its better to be conservative with the heels and preserve comfort and alignment, gradually lowering them as the foot allows. When you see that long toe and laid back, short and clearly trimmed heel on a barefoot horse, RUN. No good. Now if this horse was going to be shod with temporary wedges in place to help fix an under run heel for example, that kinda trim might be warranted because the wedge will put the bones back into proper alignment as the heel regrows at a proper angle....but Ill leave that to the farriers here to go in depth about.
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Thanks you two. Much appreciate the information.
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