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  1. Trimming Books

    Tons of great info at
  2. Boggles The Mind....

    Whoever the farrier is, he/she needs to hang up their rasp. Where on God's green earth is this ever acceptable? This is sheer laziness! 21-Year Old Welsh-X mare. Been shod like this for years!! Before/With Shoes Before trim/post shoe removal Lateral/before trim After sole: After-lateral The good thing is, I'm slowly putting this farrier out of business. I now have 4 of his clients--2 more to go. Ladies & Gentlemen: If your horse's hooves look like this, it's time for a serious change. Do your research. Learn what hooves should look like--how they should function. STOP settling for counterfeit that is causing your horse pain. Off my soapbox..... Sigh.
  3. Boggles The Mind....

    Check the album. I added 2 update photos from last night. I trimmed 8, so didn't have time to get more. NOTE: the vet wrap on the off hoof is from a case of scratches they're treating on her ;)
  4. Boggles The Mind....

    Here's the whole album. It's public. Need to get updated pics
  5. Help Please Hole In Hoof Wall

    Yup, once upon a time, it was an abscess that blew out thru the coronary band. Just keep to your four-week trim cycle, keeping the toe rolled. Once it hits the ground, it may go "splat," but just bevel it and go on your merry way
  6. Oppinions On This Tool

    Glad to hear the tool is working for you. We do what works for us and have sound horses, without shoes. That's all that matters.
  7. Boggles The Mind....

    I put the pictures back in. HC is funky about some links.
  8. Boggles The Mind....

    Obviously not. That's the only way heels get that high. This poor mare was walking on stilts. No wonder she was grumpy for lessons. Wee bit, by wee bit I'll get those heels down.
  9. Boggles The Mind....

    No, this mare was shod every six weeks (the "standard" for shod world). This is pure laziness, plain & simple.
  10. How's This For A Club Foot

    Brand new client. Horse hasn't seen a trimmer in months. The owner said she will rasp herself occasionally, but methinks she was not trained and doesn't do it often enough to stay on top of it. He was a good boy for the grinder, but oh that club... They have just moved to their own farmette, so at least he's now getting 24/7 turnout and freedom of movement on everything from grass, to concrete, to dirt & rocks. I'm trying to get her to switch to a much lower sugar/starch feed (on Strategy on the moment), but that'll come with time. In the meanwhile, I gave her a program to get the fungus under control and evict the Yeasties from the hoof buffet. Will probably recommend a Clean Trax course next go 'round. Couldn't do much with the club, except to roll what was there. Of course, he's totally flat-footed. Never a dull moment in the horsie hoof world!
  11. How's This For A Club Foot

    Thanks. Note: I'm not posting these pictures/case studies to toot my own horn. I want others to be able to learn should they be confronted with these anomalies and do their own work successfully, by learning from my mistakes.
  12. How's This For A Club Foot

    UPDATE: Well, again, it's not pretty but it's healthy.... NO THRUSH. He's comfortable and not been a second sore since I took over his trimming. Right front is no longer under-run/crushed. Happy horse, happier owner. I'm sorry I didn't get a straight-on shot, but the massive double split is now a single, small crack. The growth is extremely slow on this hoof, but it is going away.
  13. I wish I had the photos to show you but you've all seen enough under-run/crushed heels to imagine it along with me. Starting trimming a very plump paint mare 18 months ago. Poor mare couldn't handle any surface other than soft grass. Constant stone bruises from soft soles and the worst impacted heels & bars I've ever seen. Very obvious toe flare. Gave my usual spiel: get her to lose 100 pounds, Keratex, get her moving more/exposed to different surfaces as tolerable, boots, have me out more often, etc. etc. And while they're the sweetest folks, they just wouldn't cooperate with me. Yes, some progress was made, but those toes would always get away and take the heels right along with them. In a bit of frustration, I had to tell them "If you don't start listening to what I'm asking of you as we partner together for Dusty's benefit, she will always be lame and unrideable. If you ever hope to get her on the trail again, you've got to cooperate." Apparently that sunk in because they've finally kept me on a firm 4-week trim cycle, got the mare moving, put her on Remission and it happened----the mare has improved DRAMATICALLY. While I've been, little by little, coaxing those heels back with the side edge of the grinder, asking those tubules to stand up straight and get her landing properly, within the last 3 months, I've seen progress and the mare holding her trim. The trim I did 2 weeks ago saw victory and I had to sit on the ground and cry...happy tears. I was thinking this mare's feet would never improve to where I knew they could if all parties were on the same sheet of music. I don't know what it was that finally got through to them, but I thank God it did. If this keeps up, I think she'll finally be truly sound by February. Will try to get some pics next go 'round. :)
  14. Ever Have A Horse's Hoof Rehab Make You Cry?

    I go back on the 11th for another trim session. The one a month ago, it was too dark, cold & wet for me to get pics. I trimmed and raced back to my warm car.
  15. Hoof Hardener

    UPDATE: You can now do the lower eventing levels in Hoof boots.! It was verified by two Technical Delegates. My trim client riding her Holsteiner, Pisgah, just took third at Beginner Novice at Pine Top last Saturday, rocking the course in Easy Boot Epics!
  16. If You Have A Spare 4:42 Minutes...

    Also consider Equine Fusion Jogging Shoes. Love the design!
  17. Help! My Horses Hooves Are Cracked!

    After having rehabbed many TB's, here's what needs to be done: 1) Shorten the trim cycle to every 4 weeks to the day. When rehabbing, you cannot let pathology get away from you. I even tweak trim every 2 weeks for a while to keep coaxing the toes back where they belong and keep flare from getting worse. 2) Get the diet & minerals balanced. 99% of the problem with the thin, shelly hoof wall in TBs is because of the ROTTEN diet they're fed. No more sugar, no more starch please.... then go for a loose mineral that is balanced for your area of the country. Here in the southeast, we're high iron but low copper & zinc. I feed 1 oz of Seminole's 16:8 Grass Balancer and -SHAZAM- you should see the hoof wall these horses put out! 3) Movement, movement, movement is critical. Standing in a stall or small paddock will not rehab those feet any time soon. They need to be moving over whatever ground conditions they can tolerate, since most are so thin-soled from rotten farrier work. For the ouchies, boot 'em up for exercise on harder ground. Without movement, the body has no reason to put out stronger hoof wall. 4) Get on top of the thrush. I ADORE - The weekly soaks of all of 15 minutes do wonders and leave good tissue alone. I don't normally promote many brand names, but this one I will. STAY WAY from Koppertox, etc. Way way too harsh and don't really do anything but leave your fingers stained and stink up the place. This is what a TB hoof can look like: BEFORE: After shoe pull. 6 y/o gray OTTB - Eventing Prospect. June 2013. After- August 2014
  18. You Need One Of These

    A friend bought me one. I love it! Available from
  19. You Need One Of These

    I wore it the other day and even used the line "Uh, Tazz, don't not to bite me... it'll cost your mama more!"
  20. I've been trimming three horses at a local eventing barn since about June and everyone is happy... except me. Cuz, you see, there was this big gray gelding that I was ITCHING to get my grinder on. Way flared-forward feets in shoes, badly contracted heels & thrush galore. But while the barn owner was on board, since it is her adult daughter's horse, the decision to pull shoes & try barefoot would be up to her. I didn't pressure, didn't say a word in fact. He blew a big abscess out a rear about two weeks before the horse trials at Chattahoochee Hills and just barely came sound in time for her to show. Jeffrey did "meh." Achey stifles So when she came home, she said "That's it. I want those shoes off and Susan to trim him. I need him sound again." We coordinated to get their farrier out as close to when I could come out for the shoe pull. I got to Jeffrey three days post shoe pull. 10-18-12 Left Front-before 10-18-12 Right front-before (he had that foot forward while I was on the left side, so I grabbed the shot from under him.) Out came the grinder and I had at it. Fortunately Jeffrey loves power tools, so he was a dreamboat to trim with it. I took off as much as I safely could. Alas, he was very flat-footed. Left front-after trim Right front-after trim - This one is much worse than the left.... waaaay underrun & flat as a pancake I checked on him at two weeks but there was nothing to do, so I let him be. Went back out Sunday for a tweak trim. Wow, what a difference four weeks made!!! At a glance, it didn't seem like there would be much for me to do again. Not so LOL 11-18-12 - Left front-after 12-18-12 - Right front-after Missed taking sole shots (next time) but both frogs opened wide up and the thrush is almost gone. Kudos to the owner for being very diligent about daily picking & thorough spraying with Athlete's Foot Spray. Was also able to take a lot off his back feet and bring those toes back a wee bit as well (sorry, no pics of those - ran out of time). Joyfully he walked off totally sound on the very sharp gravel on their driveway and trotted off-n-bucked once turned out. I will have his feet to myself for the next five months and it is the owner's desire NOW to leave him barefoot (unless absolutely necessary) for the spring horse trials in April.
  21. Dont'cha Just Love It When The Horse Proves You Right?

    And her other, younger OTTB, Tobee: I'll get more updated pics on my next trim in 2 weeks. The last of the laminar wedge is gone and the entire hoof wall is smooth from coronary band to ground! He showed in his first schooling show this past weekend and ran XC (beginner novice level) sound as a dollar!
  22. Hoof Hardener

    Ditto on Keratex.. It's the only external stuff I recommend. HOWEVER, also look to the mineral content of your water, hay & pasture. If it's high in iron, low in copper & zinc, it's best to balance that. For the southeast, we have Seminole's 16:8 loose mineral Grass Balancer. I have all my OTTB clients put their horses on it because the TBs often have thin, shelly, fall-apart feet. The strong, tight growth coming down from the coronary band after being on the minerals is testament to it.
  23. Hoof Hardener

    Boots are prohibited for eventers. Too bad.
  24. When I see that, I have to stop and ask myself "Why did the body produce this?" Usually this is a symptom of overlaid bars from the past that have migrated forward with time. I usually leave it alone, maybe taking a sliver here and there.... I'll ditto Journey's Girl... take back the bars a bit more aggressively and, as allowable, get out the impacted material. As the heel loads, it will operate mechanically the way it should and the "pooling" will resolve. Good walks on concrete, asphalt and/or gravel will help to the body remove it on its own.
  25. Hoof Boots For A Draft Cross?

    You can also try ;)