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        05-30-2010, 10:41 AM
      #11
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by BlueEyed paint    
    I would personally give the toes a harsher roll. And that will prevent them from chipping like they have been. I would also take a little bit more of the bars out and switch them to 6 week trims. 4 weeks is just to close together and more labor for you. You also want your horse more on its soles as just picture you walking on your finger nails or toe nails is like them walking on thier hoof walls.
    I do plan to bevel the toes more, and I was wondering if the bars are too long so thanks for addressing that. I do realize the sole should be on the ground, and that's what I was going for. Their walls are not longer than the soles. I do wonder if their frogs are too "tall" though

    They aren't on a four week schedule. I get under them both once a week to rasp off a small amount and re-balance. This is a learning experience for me and labor is a non-issue, so I like to do it as often as I can. Especially since this was their first real barefoot trim, I wanted to do it in smaller steps to make it easier on them. It's amazing how well their feet have adapted and how fast I've learned.

    Yukontanya- That rasp is smaller and twice as expensive than your regular run-of-the-mill rasp. I'd just get a real one instead. I've heard that the RidersRasp falls apart a lot. But hey, I've never tried it so I could be wrong.


    Thanks for the feedback, guys. I'm really dedicated to doing the best for their feet that I can. It's really an art form and I'd love to be able to master it one day. It's fascinating because there's always something new to learn. :)
         
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        05-30-2010, 11:36 AM
      #12
    Started
    I think they are coming along very nicely.. Commenting on the bars.. Do not cut them down much. They need that for ground support as well. I do agree with more bevel(backup) the toe more. But if you are on top of them weekly you can tweak to see how your horses like something without going overboard. You must have a good eye. Not sure I could balance so well.
         
        05-30-2010, 12:01 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Brindles    
    I do plan to bevel the toes more, and I was wondering if the bars are too long so thanks for addressing that. I do realize the sole should be on the ground, and that's what I was going for. Their walls are not longer than the soles. I do wonder if their frogs are too "tall" though

    I woulddnt worry about the frogs. You need those to touch. And if the frogs are to tall they will wear off quickly. I never touch the frog unless a piece is coming off then I help it out.

    And trying to make the transition easier is only making it longer. I switched 10 horses to barefoot trimming at once. And it just really depended on the horse. And if you ride alot or thier pasture has tuffer terrain then they will transition better than you will to trimming them.


    You are doing a great job for you first horses. It took me longer to balance on my own. I still can't do really draft feet.
         
        05-30-2010, 12:13 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BlueEyed paint
    You are doing a great job for you first horses. It took me longer to balance on my own. I still can't do really draft feet.
    That's because draft hooves are made of diamonds, only they're not glittery diamonds.

    I have a QHxClyde and I have to stand her in an inch-deep puddle for half an hour just so I can hope to trim her.
         
        05-30-2010, 04:12 PM
      #15
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Jhinnua    
    That's because draft hooves are made of diamonds, only they're not glittery diamonds.

    I have a QHxClyde and I have to stand her in an inch-deep puddle for half an hour just so I can hope to trim her.

    I had a TW mare that was like that. She broke 3 different nippers. The expensive ones and I went thru 2 rasps. Just for her. When I paid someone to trim her they charged me double for her. And she had little feet. But I had to soak her feet for a long time in order to trim her. And we couldnt have her shoed the farrier never could get a nail thru.
         
        05-30-2010, 04:15 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Brindles    

    Yukontanya- That rasp is smaller and twice as expensive than your regular run-of-the-mill rasp. I'd just get a real one instead. I've heard that the RidersRasp falls apart a lot. But hey, I've never tried it so I could be wrong.
    :)
    Thanks for the heads up.. looks like a good idea, but I guess some things a best being done the old way
         
        05-30-2010, 05:58 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Very nice job! I agree with what has already been said, back up your toe a little more and more bevel all around, even if the walls are not all the way on the ground, as weight is placed on the hoof, they do touch the ground and with them being flat filed like that it will lead to a lot of chipping, if you bvel it, there is less wall around the bottom to chip and pull away from the white line.
    Again good job.
         
        05-30-2010, 06:54 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BlueEyed paint    
    I had a TW mare that was like that. She broke 3 different nippers. The expensive ones and I went thru 2 rasps. Just for her. When I paid someone to trim her they charged me double for her. And she had little feet. But I had to soak her feet for a long time in order to trim her. And we couldnt have her shoed the farrier never could get a nail thru.

    This an interresting statement I never in my life seen a hoof so hard you couldn't nail a shoe on. I'm surprised the hoof didn't split open if it was that hard.
         
        05-30-2010, 07:18 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Wow, that is one amazing TWH foot, indeed... o.o'
         
        05-30-2010, 08:24 PM
      #20
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Anvil    
    This an interresting statement I never in my life seen a hoof so hard you couldn't nail a shoe on. I'm surprised the hoof didn't split open if it was that hard.

    I've never seen a hoof that would break good nippers either. Usually when hooves get that hard they are very brittle and don't last long.
         

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