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Strasser/Barefoot/Robyns reply to Darolyn
I also observed a Strasser graduate trimming.
On a horse that foundered 6 months prior she backed up
toe by holding the rasp verticle, and went back to the white
I couldn't see how stretched the white line was because there
covering the white line right up to the wall at the
On a sound horse, she trimmed only heel and bars.
I don't practice the Strasser trim because I have alot of
issues with it
(mainly the constant sole thinning in the rear half of
the foot, removing the frog callouses at the frog base, and weakening the heel
by removing the bars and trying to speed up de-contraction by removing heel
material inside of the heel buttresses.)
This trimmer didn't do anything that shocked me, but these
horses had been trimmed by a pretty competant farrier previously and neither was
in bad shape.
Robyn referres to the toe getting aways from alot of these
and I've seen others besides Strasser students that leave a
They get fooled as to how long it really is
On alot of barefoot horses, the sole at the toe will
rocker up over the white line
from the motion of natural break-over. When trimming the
barefoot horse, you have to know how to clean out that sole over the white line
at the toe while leaving the toe callous intact.
Then you have to know when to stop digging into the (dead)
white line tissue, which exposes how much toe wall you can nip
I've seen feet that had an inch of toe that could be
removed, with the rest of the foot really short SHORT.
Of course, there's other things that can go wrong.. Heidi
suspensory problems, and of course if the horse has an
dogital cushion, lowering the heels all at once can get one
into trouble too.
I think it should be pretty obvious, that if a horse remains
sore and ouchy after trimming for 6 months somthings
I know my horses could not do a rocky 20 m ride
I'm pleasure riding them barefoot now (have been barefoot 1
year) and they're doing
great, but I know they'll be shod again at some
Robyn's REFERERNCED POST in part read:
Although there is a tremendous amount of wonderful and valuable
that Dr. Strasser has to offer, I do have one major concern with
Strasser trim that is exactly the result of what Heidi stated above.
recently went to a clinic given by a Strasser Certified Hoof
Specialist(CHCS). I was appalled at the length of toe he left on
horses. I realize that he does not have years of experience yet, and
these horses had previously foundered and had navicular. I asked why
toes were left so long, and mentioned that I could never do endurance
these horses. They would break down in 5 minutes. He agreed with me,
really did not have an answer for me other than "I don't want to touch
toe for now". I have asked this question on the Strasser list SEVERAL
and have yet to receive any kind of a logical explanation for the long
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