Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: northern arkansas
I didn't mean to point out just the flaws, other than the flaring, they look great(said that in my other post.
Sorry for the post, didn't mean it to turn out that way, was really tired last night and was just trying to help.
I was trying to address what you said about functionality and the fact that she cracks that much, I was giving you the reason, which 9/10 is caused by too much pressure on the walls of her hooves(which will also make her appear "tender footed", when it is really the stretching that causes the pain you are noticing and really not much actual tenderness at all), which is fixed by getting them off the ground(and if they are constantly cracking, and because of the stretching, thrush, and flaring, they are indeed not as healthy as they could be if trimmed up more).
Because she is tender footed, I think shoes would benefit her greatly in helping to get her walls up off the ground, stopping the cracking and making her feet more functional overall.
ETA, the pink line IS her sole, which should only be a little bit smallerthan the hoof ATG, with the walls rolled all the way around to relieve pressure. You kinda have to pick between getting her sole on the ground(of course this is what is actually supposed to be the weight baring surface on a healthy hoof...) or having her walls support her weight and flare and stretch and crack...
Ω Horses are a projection of peoples dreams Ω
Last edited by Honeysuga; 03-25-2010 at 04:18 AM.