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post #1 of 4 Old 09-17-2014, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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Mapping critique

This horse(recent purchase) was trimmed a two weeks ago by the barn farrier. I don't like using the barn's farrier, but he was overdue for a trim and my farrier wasn't out until today.

I have a very good farrier that shoes my other horse, but I want to trim this guy myself to both further my knowledge and to save some money. I'm thinking doing 2-3 months of my work, then having her do a trim and letting me know how its looking.

I trimmed my previous horse myself, but I am still a novice at this.

So here are the feet. I tried to knife out the sole and bars the best I could, but either his feet are extremely hard or my knife is getting dull.
Some of the lines are really shaky. He was eating his food while dodging bites from the horse in the stall in front of him, so he was moving and jerking.

(I on't know why the pictures keep coming out upside down, I've tried correcting it but it wont take. The are the right way on my computer!)
Left front:
(Forgot to map the wall height)

-High heels, more so on the lateral side. Toe could use more rock, but isn't horrendously distorted. Lots of flare to both sides. Bars running forward.

Right front:
He was dancing pretty good on this one.

Again high heels, Lateral was also a little higher. Too long bars, flare to the sides. Toe needs to come back and be rockered more.

Hind left:

Again, heels. Also again, lateral is too high. Not as run forward as the fronts, but tall none the less. Too much wall, toe needs rocker.

Hind Right:
I'm so sorry about this terrible picture. I didn't realize it was so bad until it uploaded.

Basically the same deal as the others.

So, are my lines accurate? Am I seeing the right things?

And what is up with the lateral heel being higher? Is that a specific things some farriers do on purpose? To what end?
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-17-2014, 01:11 AM
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Looks mostly reasonable to me(I didn't measure or anything tho), not sure how much is camera angle, horse fidgeting while you drawing, etc, but the squareness of your lines looks a bit off and the heel marks all look a tad forward. Looks like your mark on that LH lat heel is also a bit 'high' & forward.
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Breakover lines look a little far back.
Remember on regular size hooves it is 2" from the widest part of the sole line forward to the breakover line, So if you have 1" from the frog apex back to the widest part of the sole then you should also have 1" from the apex forward to the breakover .

Also be SURE to draw a line ON the hoofwall just bove the sole all the way around it and be sre that line is still there when you are completely done with the trim, the ONLY place it should disappear is the end of the toe in front of the break over line, where you rocker it.

And draw a line all the way across the back of the frog at the dimple. It will help you see how far the heels are run forward and give you a better visual guide to trim them. I will mark up one of the photos and post it in a minute. ,
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-17-2014, 07:35 PM
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here is a mapping, I included an example of how to correctly place the sole-hoofwall line so it becomes a safety line, to prevent trimming the toe too short at the pillars. Leave plenty of wall there (3/16" to 1/4" is good for beginners) before the toe is rockered and before the finish work is done on the lower edge of thw foot. A LOT of the extra wall at the pillars will disappear when the flares are dressed and the bottom edge of the hoof is rounded off.
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