Agreed. If a horse is OK and then gets sore after a trim, yo need a big heart to heart with the farrier or you need a different one.
A barefoot horse should have excess wall trimmed off that it is not wearing off, especially at the toe. Then, the remaining wall should be rasped back from the top while the hoof is on a stand. It should be rasped back until the width of the wall at the toe is the same as it is at the side of the hoof (the quarters).
Then, finally, the wall should be 'rounded up' from the bottom so that the edge of the wall is rounded like natural wear all the way around and especially at the toe. This facilitates 'break-over' and takes much stress off of the tendons and ligaments.
The sole should not be touched in most horses. Stalled horses may get a bit of a build-up in sole (referred to as false sole), but most horses do not need their soles touched.
If a horse is sore after a trim, it was either trimmed much too short or too much of the sole was removed.
Last edited by Cherie; 03-27-2011 at 09:11 AM.
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