Archive for October 2nd, 2009

I’ve Got Sole

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Fudge’s first natural Hoof Care Trim was performed by Dawn Willoughby, and he has had two maintenance trims by me in the first month.  Scroll down to the last post to compare the pictures.  It has been a very wet summer in the East, and like many, I’ve had my share of problems with thrush.  We are working on this. 

Note the stretched white line on the outside of his hoof, near the 100% quarter crack.  Fudge has an old injury above the hoof and may always have problems here.  When his hooves got long using a pasture trim, the crack opened.  I have rasped a Mustang roll to the white line to try to take presure of the hoof wall on both sides of the crack.

Fudge’s heels are long due to the thrush around the frog and contracted heels.  It is a work in progress.  I have not lowered the heels.  The picture of the sole shows the new concavity forming.  The rasp was used across the wall and sole, but only touched the wall.  The toe has been backed up by vertical trimming to the white line, and the hoof is taking on a more rounded shape.

Fudge's right front hoof after 3 trims

Fudge's right front hoof after 3 trims

 

 

Right Front note injury and quarter crack

Right Front note injury and quarter crack

 

 

Right Front sole, stretched white line

Right Front sole, stretched white line