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post #1 of 7 Old 06-07-2012, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Would rounded or beveled edges help?

Cinny has always had great hooves since the day I bought him. His farrier agrees that he has some of the best feet he works with. He DOES and has always been given a hoof supplement and has always been barefoot. When the weather gets dry, or his hooves seem dried out we give him a good coat of horseshoers secret. For the most part, his hoofies are great.

But, we just moved to a new stable that has a LOT of COURSE gravel. It's between his stall and the arena and pretty much all the walkways that are not indoors. He has been there about a week and his hooves look like heck. Yesterday I found a huge chunk out of his hoof wall, but luckily it's just cosmetic and he is due for a trim next week so my farrier is going to come tomorrow to fix him up.

Currently my farrier trims and files him so he is perfectly flat across, no rounding at all as if he were going to put on shoes even though we don't shoe Cinny. I have noticed that he gets cosmetic splinters at the bottom edge of his hoof wall with outer layers chunking off easily even before we moved, but they were usually pretty small. At the new place they are bigger and the chunk that came off sometime before my arrival yesterday is about a half inch high and about 2 inches long on the outer side of his hoof.

Do you think it would help if I asked my farrier to file the edges so they are a bit more beveled or round? I'll try to get pictures later this afternoon when I go to the stable so you can see what his feet currently look like.
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-07-2012, 03:01 PM
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Well my initial response would be yes a bevel would help. But, you say he was due for a trim next week which makes me think he has growth that needs to be trimmed off, as in the wild or barefoot it would break off naturally. That is all that is probably happening and not sure if a bevel when trimmed, lets say, 5-7 weeks ago would have kept this from happening now.
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^^^^ I agree. Yes, it will help, but it won't stop it from happening as time goes on between trims. It's typically cosmetic, so why worry about it, IMHO. If it really bothers you, just clean them up with a rasp between trims and they'll always look nice and neat.
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Maybe think about hoof boots?

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Discuss this with your farrier, he/she is the professional with the training. That is the person whose advice you should ask, we would be just guessing here.
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A bevel would definitely help with the chipping. I ride my guys barefoot and with a semi-fresh bevel they basically don't chip at all, even ridden on rocks. It's actually pretty amazing the difference it makes.

If the feet start to get long they start to chip and I either trim or re-bevel depending on their length.

I look at chipping as a sign they are getting long (nature's way of trimming). But I don't see why your farrier isn't doing a bevel already. Unless you are going to shoe, I have always seen farriers round off the edges of the hoof wall with a rasp. No downside unless you are going to apply shoes.
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