On hoof balance & 'my horse doesn't need a trim' - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 4 Old 07-13-2020, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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On hoof balance & 'my horse doesn't need a trim'

Here's another great eg of why I bang on about people educating themselves about hoof balance & form. Unfortunately it is way too common for people to be totally oblivious of hooves such as this(half) being chronically overgrown. Yes, including some farriers & vets! Hazard a guess that was the reason the horse was put down.

Photo copied from Hoof Geeks Barefoot Hoofcare FB page.


Oh & love the dog waiting cutely for the other half!
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-13-2020, 06:41 AM
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Ugh, yes, terrible.

I have personally seen some Morgans and Saddlebreds with hooves like that. Since their walls are strong, they can be encouraged to grow quite tall and conical, causing the heels to contract which allows the bars to grow tall inside the hoof and the sole to compress and be retained as well.


In other cases, I have seen this type of hoof happen more naturally, and people thinking that because the sole goes all the way to the ground, that this means the hoof has been trimmed down as much as it can be. Donkeys in particular are prone to getting very tall hooves that sometimes will keep standing up instead of curling, putting them up on stilts.

I can't imagine how the poor animals' tendons can cope.

I've had other people say my horses' hooves are too short, or too long, just looking at the outward appearance. Yet some of it has to do with the size of the bones in the horse's leg. My TB has small bones in his hooves, so when his hoof capsule is tight and not flared, and his hoof trimmed well, his hooves look very small and short. Yet this is healthier for him than trying to make him have a larger hoof by allowing it to flare or have longer walls.
My Arab has large bones, so her hooves look larger, even when they also are trimmed down. Some have thought they were overgrown because they looked large, but again it is important to see if the capsule is tight, the frog and heels are meeting the ground surface, and the toes are not run forward.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-13-2020, 07:55 AM
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Just looking at these pictures gives me anxiety O.O Thanks for the share!
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-13-2020, 10:20 AM
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I still live in an area where people think having a horse trimmed 3-4 times a year is "plenty" I took some classes to learn how to trim my own. We had our own epiphany moment here about a month ago. My husbands mare has been battling scratches and some whiteline separation this spring. It was incredibly wet here for weeks and weeks on end and even though she had a well bedded stall she preferred to stand in the mud! So I treated the scratches aggressively and the whiteline and we finally by some miracle were able to get someone in to scrape the run outside of her stall and lay 2 layers of gravel for drainage and top it off with aglime. The aglime worked as a file on her feet exposing just how much was false sole and overgrown bars. I did not want to be too aggressive in my trims because of the whiteline separation but the aglime took all of the false sole off and then she needed a trim. She feet have not been this small and "normal" looking since we purchased her. Even when we had another farrier come in and shoe her every 6 weeks for the first 3 years we owned her (vet said she needed shoes year round) I just took over her trimming late last summer when she wore her feet down so badly stomping at flied that she could not keep shoes on because she had literally tire most of her wall off. So for some ignorance is bliss and the horse has no voice.
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