Natural Hooves - w/Photos
I am attempting to get Java's hooves the way they are supposed to be, think Pete Ramey's wild hoof model.
Anyways, he has been barefoot for quite some time, but just with regular trimming. For the past four months, we have been working on getting a good hoof on him. However, now that he's in North Carolina, we don't have a natural hoofcare professional to trim. I have a guy who comes in and he is very good and has been listening to what I ask. He is coming on Monday to trim once again.
I believe I will start trimming Java's feet on my own after Monday. I feel as if I am capable of it.
However, I want to know your opinions. I want to make sure that my eye is telling me correctly, and I know that many of you are natural hoofcare people. So tell me what you would do or have done to get Java's hooves to where they should be.
Photos are of his front right and his front left, respectively. His back hooves are pretty much exactly where I want them, with trimming.
When I go to the barn today, I will rinse his hooves and take more photos. These photos were taken on 5/25/2009 approximately three days after his last trim. His hooves aren't wearing like they were in Michigan, due to the softer ground on the Carolina Coast here. So we're doing a trim at the three week mark as they are self-trimming at the quarters already. I believe I will be trimming Java's hooves every two weeks once I start doing it on my own.