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post #1 of 6 Old 09-15-2019, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Critique this trim please?

So, my boyfriend and I decided to learn how to trim our horses' feet (due to living in a rural area with few options for gentle barefoot trimmers and also cost concerns). After some research and of course my first post here we started off on my 11 year old gelding and so far have done his front feet since we don't want to make him stand for an hour as we fumble around. How did we do for our first time?
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-15-2019, 12:57 AM
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From the pictures it looks like you did a pretty darn good job.
Be aware that hooves grow down and forward, so you need to pay attention to taking plenty of toe wall off at each trim. A lot of people think they are taking the "same" amount all over, and end up letting the toe get longer and longer over time.
It looks like you paid attention to this, and brought the toe back to the water line, which is good.
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-15-2019, 01:02 AM
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Not bad at all. He is already better than 80% of the farriers in my area.

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post #4 of 6 Old 09-15-2019, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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thank you. Do you think the toe needs a little more off still? his feet are still a little oval than round.
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-15-2019, 01:31 AM
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Yes he does need to take the toe back, but it takes a little bit of knowledge and skill to do it. I have not read it but everybody recommends Pete Ramses book. I would think it would have that in there, also to make sure that he knows how to balance I think the instructions would be in there as well. If he is just starting out, he is doing quite well.

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post #6 of 6 Old 09-19-2019, 05:12 AM
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If you want a real critique, you need to show some different angles, and hooves on the ground need to be taken squarely from front- & side-on from ground level.

Based on just those pics, seems you did OK. As a rule(it does depend, on terrain horse works among other things) I don't like to see the sole rasped into in the front half of the foot - I know you've barely touched it, but I'd have stopped just shy of it generally, except at the quarters. Appears heels may be a bit high, esp the first foot, but depending on how much you took off, may have well been enough for now & that hoof may well 'want' to be higher. Bars look like they haven't been touched & I'd take them down to about sole level.

Toes I like to address as per ELPO - work out where the 'breakover' for the foot is, bevel the ground surface slightly back to that point & then 'roll' the toe wall more strongly.
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Some info I've found helpful; [COLOR=Lime][B]www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/
For taking critique pics; [COLOR=Lime][B]https://www.horseforum.com/members/41...res-128437.jpg
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