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post #1 of 18 Old 01-18-2011, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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First Time Trimming Horses Feet

SO im getting into barefoot trimming and well my farrier hasnt been able to come out for 4 months! so my horses hooves are getting so long and chipping off so i decided to trim them myself!

like i said my FIRST TIME EVER so dont expect them to be perfect.

My horse is quite flat footed and he has a few chips and cracks so i did the best i could to make them better, i prob took off 1cm of hoof, he was pretty long as you can tell by the cracks. I just used nippers and a rasp.

Back hoof you can see he still has a bit of flare but i didnt wanna take off to much on the heel.



Same hoof just side shot. You can see where he had a little chip.


Now hes the BIG chip i tried to get as much off as possible.

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post #2 of 18 Old 01-18-2011, 07:15 PM
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Not too bad, a little rough around the edges, but practice makes perfect! :) Also it looks like the toe on the front left(?) is a lil longer than the right.
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post #3 of 18 Old 01-19-2011, 09:46 AM
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Good on you! You picked up the tools and did it. Looks like a good credible first effort. I suspect the "before" pictures would have been a little scary if you took off a whole centimeter. Not perfect but a really good first effort.

First time is the hardest. You'll think about it, how it went, what you see on the bottom of the feet, how the feet look now, what it sounded like when you used the rasp, what the foot felt like, the frog, sole depth, and that is good. You will wonder what you could have done better and that will take you to sources like DVD's, more knowledge, and you'll get better and better.

Something to think about. If you go to an Orthodontist, he doesn't grab your teeth with a tool and twist them into alignment (OUCH!). Instead, he applies constant pressure in the right direction and lets the teeth align themselves. It's pretty much the same with horses feet.

You manage your trims to encourage the foot to grow into it's natural healthy shape. That can take time, it took me over a year, but with patience most horses feet will follow the "pressure" (or lack of it in the case of hoof wall seperation) and correct any issues, like quarter flare, etc.

The key, then, is to know both what you are looking for and how to read the existing condition of the feet to see what direction they need to go and from that what to do to take them there. That's where things like DVD's from folks who know what they are doing (Pete Ramey for example) come into the picture.

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post #4 of 18 Old 01-19-2011, 01:44 PM
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I'm very sorry, Eventer, but I gonna be harsh here. You left lots of flares on both sides of the hoofs, the edges look "wavy", and I wonder how deep to the sole you get to (because I can see that white line on side of the hoof on last pics). If you want to do it yourself get someone with LOTS of experience to watch you and guide you through the process at least first couple times. And I know it's very tough in the beginning and you can't get it "perfect".

Unfortunately, trimming done incorrectly for long time can bring lots of harm to the horse, and even with all reading, tapes, and even classes it's not easy to do (especially correct balancing of the hoof).
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I'm very sorry, Eventer, but I gonna be harsh here. You left lots of flares on both sides of the hoofs, the edges look "wavy", and I wonder how deep to the sole you get to (because I can see that white line on side of the hoof on last pics).

Trimming done incorrectly for long time can bring lots of harm to the horse, and even with all reading, tapes, and even classes it's not easy to do (especially correct balancing of the hoof).
Yes! Those long points in the back (the flare) and the rough edges are what will cause the chips and cracks. They need to be filed smooth and even.
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I know you tried your best with the hoof that has the crack and you kind of have the right idea but the way you have trimmed the crack in addition to leaving the flare is going to put even more pressure on the crack.

The way that particular hoof is currently I would be very concerned about him quartering it. If you can have a farrier out to correct it I would be organizing them to come and do it ASAP.

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I'm not trying to be rude, or offensive, or deterr you from learning how to trim, but I suggest you get some lessons and learn basic balancing before you try to trim again.

The flares have not been addresses at all and there is too much heel. I'd like to see solar shots as well.

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I know it was my first time, like i said my farrier couldnt come out for 4 months so what is best to trim myself or leave it for his feet to get worse????

And i left the flares for my farrier to do because i didnt want to attempt and screw it up, so for trying it for my first time i think i did pretty good.

Also trimming wrong for along time yes will cause damage BUT i only did it to prevent from more cracking and chipping. if i didnt trim him he would be without a farrier for another 2 months !
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I don't know what's the farrier situation in your area, but can't you just use another farrier? I went through 3 farriers before sticking with the one I use now (for couple years already).
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And i left the flares for my farrier to do because i didnt want to attempt and screw it up, so for trying it for my first time i think i did pretty good.
So you're OK with leaving the flare for four months?

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