What a lot of awesome information in this educational series! I learn something new from each video.
In this series, we're trying to learn how to maintain a balance where we get a trim that is "very consistent" every time. The measure is not EXACTLY the same on every horse, but apply to every horse in a very general fashion when combined with a true understanding of the foot and reading each foot as an individual."
Remember what I've said all along? We have to trim the "hoof-in-hand" on the "horse-in-hand".
Each individual hoof... on its own BUT within general parameters of the equine foot.
I'm still seeing horses that are sore, ouchie, or downright lame with hooves that 'appear' to be 'healthy'. Well, if the horse is sore then the hooves aren't all that healthy ... they are usually way over trimmed in the heels and out of balance.
Since I've been going through this series I have obsessed with looking at heels ... the heels of the horse. The angle of the tubules and the angle of the coronary bands. Almost with an absolute obsession. I suppose there are worse things than obsessing over horses' hooves. At the moment I can't name any because I'm even dreaming hooves again. Haven't done that for some years unless I had a particularly difficult case.
Truly its a case of "pretty is as pretty does". While the hooves may LOOK pretty and polished and perfect, if they are not fully functional then there just isn't anything pretty about them. They are a source of pain to the horse and that pain affects EVERYTHING from behavior to movement of that horse. It may even go to the extent of "retirement" for the horse simply because the hooves are not fully understood with relationship to the FOOT inside and, as such, are rendered totally useless.
NO HOOF - NO HORSE.
How many times have you read that? And, it never gets "old". It will always stand as 'truth'.
So, this is part 9 of 11 in this series. You can start with Part 1 if you're just comin' onto this ... You can find it HERE.
Pay particular attention to this video as it talks about the HEELS ... again, I've seen more horses than I can think of who are over trimmed in the heels leaving little to NO support of the back 2/3rds of the hoof. Deeper examination tells a much more serious situation that has to do with the shock absorption system of the hooves. Think of a car with no shocks and suspension! Think of the concussion you would get from riding in such a vehicle over rocky terrain at a fairly high rate of speed!
Now, think of the concussion the hooves must be getting.
Heels, heels, heels ... must be correctly trimmed and balanced.
Once again ... no hoof = no horse.
It's that simple.
Enjoy this teaching ... and be sure to bookmark for refreshers and reviews!