Proper trimming allows the horse to move freely and effortlessly. There are some essential components to trimming which include heel-to-toe balance, maintainance of the bars and a healthy natural arch which allows flexibility of the hoof capsule.
Horses suffering from a thrush infection or laminitis will need special attention and care. It is very important that proper trimming is done frequently to minimize changes between trims. This allows the hoof to maintain proper form and function. In my nearly 10 years experience, most horses do best on a 4-5 week cycle. There are special circumstances where horses maintain there hooves so well that an 8 week schedule is sufficient. Find what works best for your horse.
If your horse does not have sound, healthy hooves, it's time to ask a lot of questions! Could his/her teeth need care? Could his/her diet need fine tuning? Could an ulcer be brewing? Could he/she have Equine Metabolic Syndrome? Ask lots of questions! Something is out of balance. Let us help you find the answers.
Notice the hair line of this hoof?
Yes! That's right, there is a nice straight hairline! That means the hoof is not experiencing excessive forces from imbalance or excess length.
Now notice the arching in the hair line of this hoof?
The arching here is revealing excess pressure from the long quarter wall which is causing the wall to crush the Lateral Cartilage which results in bruising.
This is a common example of a long toe.....
The result of this long toe/under run heel leads to the inability to properly articulate the joints; causing pain and inflammation. This ultimately leads to long-term damage.