Hooves and farriers

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  1. Saph

    Saph Senior Member

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    Hi guys,

    I would appreciate your comments on this trim. The horse was trimmed 4 weeks ago. It has rained a little here, but only for a few days in the past month. There was a slight crack in one hoof before the trim, none in the other hooves.

    I have questioned the farrier on the state of the hooves. He gave me the following story for the separation (quoted verbatim)
    "The foot is full of mud in the rain. The mud has to go somewhere, and the softest place is the white line. This is how separation occurs."

    He can't explain the cracks, but according to him they just happen on barefoot horses.

    What I see in the pictures:
    1. Feet that look like they were done much longer than 4 weeks ago
    2. Very unbalanced (causing the cracks in the 3 feet)
    3. Long toe and under-run heels.
    4. Flaring

    Here are the pictures:
     
  2. doublelranch

    doublelranch Senior Member

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    Time for a new farrier!:eek:
     
  3. XxLiveToRidexX

    XxLiveToRidexX Senior Member

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    Absolutely time for a new farrier!
     
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  4. BluemoonOKy

    BluemoonOKy Senior Member

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    Time to learn how to trim yourself ! Can you see where the hooves want to be ? There is an outline there. The toe crack is from too much pressure on toes and quarters. Mine are out 24/7 and it is bull sheet that muddy hooves get cracks. Mine grow tight connection because I maintain their trims. To be fair, you should post pictures directly after a trim if you want to tear someone's work apart. Plus, how often have you had them done and on what kind of regular schedule? More factors are at play because if you're an owner that goes all winter without trims or skips appointments, etc. then that affects things.
    The heels arent as bad as the toe length.
     
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  5. Saph

    Saph Senior Member

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    Thanks for the advice - my friend is a farrier, and she has been teaching me. It's a big step to try by myself, but I'm thinking more and more that this is the way to go.

    They were apparently trimmed 4 weeks ago. The horses are on a 5/6 week schedule. I just can't believe that those feet were trimmed 4 weeks ago. I've checked on the date on the invoice I got, so I'm certain of the date that they were supposedly done on.
     
  6. Saph

    Saph Senior Member

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  7. bellalou

    bellalou Senior Member

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    Yup, you need a new farrier.
     
  8. Dream27

    Dream27 Senior Member

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    It would be super easy to clean those feet up. Get rid of a all that wall, pull back the toe and get the heel under the hoof more and off ya go.
     
  9. Mcdreamer

    Mcdreamer Senior Member

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    Ooof. Time to go farrier shopping.
     
  10. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    Yup. New farrier time in my eyes too.
     

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