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Saddlebag 07-06-2012 09:46 AM

TWH striding problem
 
Only until last trim, twh on pasture has never struck a front hoof. Since the last trim I am hearing this, not with each stride but too often for my liking, which shouldn't be at all. I've owned him 3 years. He is trimmed on a regular basis, every 6 weeks in summer, 8 in winter with slower growth. What change needs to be done with his trim?

walkinthewalk 07-06-2012 10:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Saddlebag (Post 1583262)
Only until last trim, twh on pasture has never struck a front hoof. Since the last trim I am hearing this, not with each stride but too often for my liking, which shouldn't be at all. I've owned him 3 years. He is trimmed on a regular basis, every 6 weeks in summer, 8 in winter with slower growth. What change needs to be done with his trim?

If you haven't changed farriers and you know for fact the trimming method has not changed, I would look at structural issues.

It's possible he is short-striding just a tch because he's a little sore somewhere. Stoic creatures that horses are, they can be sore and not show it or barely show it.

He might possibly have stepped down wrong in a dip or small hole in the pasture. May have slipped on wet grass, may have turned to quick and twisted something.

Any of which you wouldn't know about unless you can watch him 24/7.

Any of those things might cause just enough soreness to make him short-step on the front and therefore clip himself with his rears. I've seen it with my own.

I'm making the Cross sign while writing this but be sure his hooves aren't warm and maybe he has the beginnings of laminitis. Laminitis = sore hooves = short-stepping = corking.

That's my first thought anyway:-)

Saddlebag 07-06-2012 11:03 AM

I don't have a whole lot of confidence in my trimmer. I suspect his ego is greater than his skills. Been trying to get a real good farrier and still trying but of course he is very busy. I watch my horses move, all the time. He's not sore or short-striding and the ground is level. Nothing has changed except perhaps how he was trimmed.

walkinthewalk 07-07-2012 07:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Saddlebag (Post 1583350)
I don't have a whole lot of confidence in my trimmer. I suspect his ego is greater than his skills. Been trying to get a real good farrier and still trying but of course he is very busy. I watch my horses move, all the time. He's not sore or short-striding and the ground is level. Nothing has changed except perhaps how he was trimmed.

There's a lot of that "Legend In Their Own Mind" going on these days:-(

Once upon a time I had a pretty good barefoot trimmer start trimming for me because I'm just too old and have the arthritis to prove it.

Three years down the road his young self got in such a turmoil over the antics of his daughter's mom, that it affected his trimming ability - on all four of my horses.

He sored one horse three trims in a row and, on his last time to trim, darned if all four didn't have serious hoof chips only two weeks into the trims.

My two mid-20's fellas have been hoof "chipless" in the 22 and 19 years they've been with me. When I saw their hooves chipped to h**l plus the third one sore, it was the last straw. I took all four back.

My vet helped me find a wahzoo farrier to do the corrective work that two of my horses need and I'm not capable of anymore because my hands hurt. I can struggle thru the other two since this guy charges double the going rate for a trim around here but, he is worth every stinkin' rotten penny :-P

I hope you can get someone good pretty soon, as it sounds like the problem probably is holding the hoof nippers:-(


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