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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Trimming day today.

I talked to some friends yesterday and after getting some advice, looking at www.barefootforsoundness.com ,
and reading my Jaime Jackson book last night.

The plan of action for this morning was to JUST take the hoof wall of down to the sole all the way round with a steeper roll on the quarters to take the pressure off where the flaring was occurring. We did NOT rasp or pare any sole and this is what we ended up with.

I tried my best to get good pics but Mandy was figety and wanting to go out to paddock.

As he was trimming
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Right Front

This is the one that was relatively balanced (and ia also at a much steeper angle)so didn't need much other than taking down the heel. I had mentioned earlier that her heels were really high. I was worried that we had been too extreme in taking down the heel and started the flaring ourselves, but Juan told me he just trimmed down to sole plane and never trimmed sole, just hoof wall and bars.

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Right Hind


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Left Hind

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 I don't know if we're done yet. Both Juan and I agreed that it was better to take off too little than too much and see what Mandy's feet tell us over the next week or so.

4 comments:

Shirley said...

Hi there! I see you are in Belize; my sister bought some property there a couple of years ago. You might want to check out Mrs. Mom's blog, she is a horseshoer, and might be able to answer some questions for you. Here is her link:
http://ohhorsefeathers.blogspot.com/
Your mare is a lovely mover!

CheekyMare said...

Thanks! I'll go there today. Always nice to put another blog on the reading list. :D

Mrs Mom said...

OK- right hind-- triple check your heel balance. A high inside heel behind is common-- and a bit of a minor mistake. Be careful that the heels stay flat too-- not rolled.

I'd ease up on where you are starting to relieve the quarters-- it doesn't have to be quite that strong a relief. Overall, things look like you have them under control well. Start taking heels down a bit at a time, always triple and quadruple check the heel balance, and remember-- hooves can heal. Take it one step at a time, and do a bit each day if you need to. Or give it a few days in between. Or two weeks in between.

You look to have a good start!

CheekyMare said...

Thanks! Will do!