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shellybean 02-02-2013 04:31 PM

Wearing down hooves?
I'm noticing Apollos hooves wearing down quite a bit. He had his feet trimmed less than a month ago, but looking at them the past few days you would think otherwise. The uneven, frozen dirt in the pasture is really wearing down his hooves. The sole is starting to get worn away faster than the hoof wall, and they're looking quite beat up all together. Is this normal? At my old barn where I took lessons, the horses weren't outside regularly in the winter so I did not notice this happening to their horses hooves...

This is just of one of his feet...but they all look similar to this. After he got them trimmed they looked so nice and healthy. The farrier even made a point saying he has very healthy, hard, sturdy hooves and he even got compliments on his hooves from other boarders while the farrier worked on his feet. Sorry for his dirty feet and the bad lighting. I tried to snap a couple pictures before throwing him back out in pasture...
Untitled by adayinmylife9, on Flickr
Untitled by adayinmylife9, on Flickr
Untitled by adayinmylife9, on Flickr

spirit88 02-02-2013 06:12 PM

Its called poor trim job those hoofs are not worn down they need a proper trim.

HorseGuru 02-02-2013 06:15 PM

Looks like a bad trim

Trinity3205 02-02-2013 08:01 PM

Actually its just the opposite of what you think is happening. The wall is growing past the sole and NOT wearing away as fast than it grows. The sole is shedding away the dead stuff properly. Its time for a trim to get the growing walls back in order.

shellybean 02-02-2013 09:31 PM

Thanks for all your help!

It just happened so suddenly and his feet were level when they were trimmed so thats why I was so confused. I just assumed they were being worn down. Is he in pain? He isn't lame and doesn't seem uncomfortable...but I will get a farrier out as soon as I can.

Does anyone know of a good farrier in Illinois in the Chicago area? Apparently my farrier isn't as good as people say he is...I will arrange for one to come out next week (I leave for the Dominican Republic in 2 days and don't know if one can come on such short notice).

Trinity3205 02-02-2013 11:37 PM

He possibly had false sole that shed out. It happens. When it goes, it will appear that the wall is suddenly long because, well, it is once the false sole is gone :)

grayshell38 02-03-2013 12:10 AM


Originally Posted by shellybean (Post 1875317)
Does anyone know of a good farrier in Illinois in the Chicago area?

I have friends with horses in the Barrington/Palatine area, I can ask them who they use. Though that might not help. I'm not sure what part of Chicago area you're in.

Spotted 02-03-2013 01:15 AM

Yes, he is due for a trim. Check out Pete Ramey hoof rehab you can learn alot from the photo's and diagrams, so you know when your farrier does a good job or not.
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loosie 02-03-2013 05:30 AM

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Agree your horse is due for a trim. Yes, depending on weather, etc, sometimes horses can quite suddenly shed a heap of dead sole, leaving what looked like a short foot suddenly 'overdue' for a trim.

But I do suspect there's more going on there too, which need to be considered carefully. He appears to have a lot of stretching right the way round, as I've indicated by the green crescent line - that's where I'd estimate the walls 'should' be & where I'd likely start a strong bevel. His heels appear a bit forward & uneven - the green horizontal line indicates approx where the rear of the heel platforms 'should' be, while the red line indicates the left side is a fair bit further forward than the right. The bars are also overlong. In the other pic I've marked the hairline in red, because it's wavy & apparently dips at the toe, and the green line indicates where the wall likely would be without the flaring/stretching.

loosie 02-03-2013 05:33 AM

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Where did the pix go??

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