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post #11 of 17 Old 11-04-2012, 09:38 PM
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You might have to put her up on a table! : )
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LOL, I can just imagine that!

As it is, she's a silly little girl. She has no problem with me messing with her feet- tapping them, cleaning them, holding them...whatever. If I take more than a moment though she just collapses over without warning and tries to take a nap while I give her a 'pedicure' XD

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Hysterical!
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Hysterical! Maybe you should get a picture!
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Mules feet can vary from mule to mule. We have had many saddle horse mules, but not any minis, so I guess they could be different.

The mules we have had all had more upright feet than a horse. They had higher heels and pretty short upright toes. Some are more upright than others, but all are much steeper in angle than anything but a club-footed horse.

I have seen people cripple mules by trying to make them appear more 'horse-like in their feet.

There should be no 'dish' in a mule's hoof. If there is any, the mule has been allowed to get much too long footed.
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Like others have said, it's not that the hoof has to be trimmed differently, it's that the hoof is just shaped differently. Like Cherie said, on average a normal mule foot will look very similar to a clubbed horse foot. But, like another poster said, if he is sensible about trimming the hoof the way the hoof should be trimmed to maintain balance, then the mule's hooves should tell him how they need to be trimmed.

IMHO, if you trust him, go ahead and let him do a bit of reading and then give it a shot. A good farrier should be able to pretty well adjust automatically once they figure out the basic differences between the 2 hoof shapes.

That's been my experience with good farriers anyway LOL.

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Thanks guys! He came out yesterday afternoon and trimmed both Sour and Honor. Sours feet are looking great- we're working on one that had started to flare pretty badly and had a lateral crack (I had no control over her hooves until about two months ago) but its already drastically improved and her gait is actually really starting to smooth out again.

Honor did pretty well, all things considered. She tried hopping around once or twice when she got antsy after the second hoof, but stood well the rest of the time. Kept trying to take the farrier's tools though, the little goof >.>

He cut her toes back about 1/4 of an inch and rounded them a bit because he said they were beginning to square themselves. He said she probably should have been trimmed a week or so ago, so that's my fault. I'm going to have her schedualed for every 5 weeks with Sour, and if she doesn't need it when he comes out for Sour, we'll just postpone it a bit. For some reason she had fairly contracted heels in the back, likely because her toes were already getting long (she grows them FAST! O_O) so he worked on that just a bit and we'll watch them. So far I'm happy with what he did, she looks more comfortable now and he did a lot of observing before actually starting to cut. All in all it only took about 35 minutes for both horses, too.
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