Bars- How Far To Trim Them?
Posted 11 April 2010 - 08:34 PM
Posted 11 April 2010 - 08:44 PM
My horses need a little more bar to be sound here on our rocky trails. They told me that by being ouchie if I trim them too short. If I trimmed them out heavily I would never have a sound horse here.
Letting them overgrow is also bad tho as it casues alot of issues also...
So, Overgrown is bad, too short for that horse is bad...there is a happy medium for each horse. Go with your gut.
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Posted 12 April 2010 - 08:13 AM
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Posted 12 April 2010 - 08:16 AM
A big DITTO on overlayed or ingrown bars. I picked up a client Saturday who's two racking ponies have HORRIBLY ingrown/impacted bars. The "farrier" (a term I use loosely here) has been doing nothing but rasping the hoof level...truly level...and taking off all sole callous, never properly trimmed bars...just rasped flat. Consequently these two boys are in AGONY.
Since they were only trimmed last week, all I could do was bevel the wall (since the farrier doesn't have the word Bevel in his vocabulary) and trim a TINY bit around the impacted bars, just to see where they were. One of them, I found a black line running parrallel to the impacted bar line....thrush that's been living there for who knows how long. Oy.
Owner and daughters are under STRICT rules: NO MORE SUGAR goes into the mouths of those horses. Their feet told me their biggest story: recurring mild laminitis.
I will be going back in two weeks to check and re-roll. Our goal is some concavity in six months.
Edited by Chocomare, 12 April 2010 - 08:16 AM.
Posted 12 April 2010 - 10:43 AM
Posted 12 April 2010 - 10:47 AM
Since I am due to go back on the 26th, I'll try and remember to grab the camera.
To answer the question, tho, just picture a truly flat hoof....no ridges from the bars, no distinguisable seat of corn, no ramp from heel down to sole plane. The bars are there....they are just "hidden" within the sole plane..... somewhere!
Posted 12 April 2010 - 10:48 AM