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post #1 of 5 Old 08-28-2010, 07:05 AM Thread Starter
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New farrier. Are these hooves okay?

So as I was saying somewhere else. We got Dancers hooves done, as they were getting pretty long, 'cose we couldn't find a farrier. I tried this new one, because he was scared of his old farrier, and wouldn't stand.
So, he stood for this one. But his hooves look a bit weird? Or are they fine? I don't know too much about hooves. But with the front ones, I'm pretty sure the heel in one is longer than the other.. But here's the photos. There's also a few of all of him standing, here. What is my QH bred for?

When I rode him yesterday, just on the soft ground he was fine, and I didn't ride him for long. Then I hopped on him today, and we walked over some rocky ground, and it seemed to hurt him. Not sure if it's because they're newly short, or if they're too short? So I hopped off him, and he seemed happy then.

But here's the photos.

The last one, I wet, so you could see the yellow line more. I haven't had a horse trimmed to where I could see that before. Is this okay?
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-28-2010, 07:07 AM Thread Starter
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The last two that wouldn't fit.
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-28-2010, 08:21 AM
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Heels need to be allowed to short.

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post #4 of 5 Old 08-28-2010, 11:03 AM
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The point of the frog should be in the center of the foot. To get an idea of how far off it is, if you get gridded overhead sheets, trace the hoof with the hoof on the ground, pick it up and then X where the point of the frog is, there should be the same amount of squares all the way around the X (This is called a Birdsal grid). The hind hooves should be slightly elongated in the toe - heel direction.

It looks to me like the angle is too steep and the toe is too short, but the heels are also quite under-run. I would try to get out a farrier that will measure angles and try to math the toe and heel angels, as well as the angles of each foot to one another and measure with a Birdsal grid to try to get the feet balanced. Now this won't be a $20 trim, but I think it's worth it to get out a good farrier that will really balance the hooves properly in order to ensure soundness and the comfort of the horse. Find a reputable farrier and ask him what he thinks, I am not a farrier so that is just my opinion, but for a really excellent analysis a knowledgeable farrier is your best resource.

Good luck!
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-28-2010, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Okay thanks. It's hard to find a good farrier out here. The one we used to use, he retired. And we haven't found a great one since. There's not many around here.. Anyone know of a good one around Sunshine Coast, QLD? xD
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