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        02-28-2009, 09:27 AM
    His feet look healthy, but his heels do need to come down. Too much pressure on his toes. :)
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        02-28-2009, 09:40 AM
    [quote=Britt;260696]We do trot and canter, but I try to keep hom off the pavement when trotting and cantering. We usually just walk on pavement and trot and canter on the sides of theroad in the grass and dirt, and occassionally gravel.[quote]

    Don't worry morganshow11! I think she is responsible enough to know cantering on pavement is horrable for the hooves:)
        02-28-2009, 10:58 AM
    Lol. Yep, and I most certainly don't want my boy to have horrible hooves or go lame because of too much hard work on pavement.

    How exactly do I get his heels down?
        02-28-2009, 11:34 PM
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    Trotting on pavement is actually good for the feet, in small bursts (2-3 minutes per ride total). It will help harden his soles and encourage the coffin bone to retract up into the hoof capsule, giving you more concavity and shorter feet .

    You can use your knife and dig away at the dead sole at the back corner of his hoof, by the heel. Dig out any flaky material. Stop when you get to a waxy material. You can rasp his heels down to within 1/8th to 1/16th of an inch longer or above the level of the sole. Don't rasp down to the level of the sole though. If you cut into the heel too much, you'll actually encourage more growth, lol.
        02-28-2009, 11:48 PM
    I'll have to find my hoof knife first... lol. I lost it a few months ago (I think it fell through the cracks in the wood floor of my tack room). I think I have a VERY old, very heavy pure metal knife somewhere though... I'll try and find it and sharpen it some, cause it probably hasn't been used since the 1950's... Lol.
        03-01-2009, 04:41 AM
    Yes, I agree that the one side of the hoof needs to come down a bit. I read an article about something like that and it said that with time, that can make the horse lame and very sore. Goodluck finding your hoof knife ^^

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