When claims are made by horse owners that their horse can’t go without shoes because their feet don’t grow fast enough to keep up with the wear, it more than likely just means their horse’s feet are out of balance and retaining more dead tissue instead of developing live tissue…the dead tissue wears away quickly. This can be remedied with frequent proper trimming. This may seem counter intuitive for horses that have slow growing feet that wear too easily, but it can be done by lightly trimming to define the edges of the solar structures in order to provide both space for live tissue expansion and sensory relief. Simply removing the dead without invading the live will improve comfort and restore proper weight bearing.
Simulating Natural Wear
關鍵是削減經常少和證明is a horse that moves better after each trim. The effectiveness of this approach relies on awareness, time, knowledge, experience, integrity and empathy. A trusting relationship between the trimmer, the horse, and the owner must be established to achieve the optimal level of success.
It doesn’t matter if horses are in a back yard or in a fancy barn, or if they’re bare or steel shod, if their feet aren’t trimmed to simulate the natural wear that compensates for their natural growth rate, there will be distortion. Distortion leads to pathology. It’s a spectrum. The flip side of trying to take care of a 1000 lb animal with feet that are constantly growing is that the fast growth rate can be used to make small frequent adjustments at each trim to change the weight bearing and subsequent growth patterns. Yes you can use the horse’s weight for them instead of against them. This takes dedication and experience but it is possible for almost every horse at almost any stage of distortion. The trimmer just needs to know the difference between the dead tissue and the live, just how much to remove, and to be accountable for how the horse is doing post trim.
Maintaining Balance Through Scheduled Adjustments
Keep Trimming From the Bottom
Trimming horses is no picnic and it is often under valued, and even considered unnecessary, until the horse comes up lame. Executing an impeccable trim on every foot takes a lot of personal integrity. It’s often tempting to slack off…especially for an ill mannered horse. Trimming the bottom of the foot puts the trimmer at a physical disadvantage and no one likes to handle horses with severe behavior issues anyway. It’s not likely the work will be inspected so it’s tempting for the trimmer to give up on trimming from the bottom and just put the foot on a stand and trim from the top to get it over with.
Years ago I reached this point of frustration and said to myself, “Who is even going to look at the bottom anyway?”