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RE: [RC] [RC] Circulation to the hoof - heidi

The other problem I have with the shoe is, on a shod foot, the hoof wall
 that meets the shoe has to be, or should be, perfectly flat.  Those
blown  out quarters that happen with horses shod all the time are caused
by those  nails.  It weakens that section of the hoof.  With a barefoot
horse, the  hoof wall does not have to be pefectly flat.  You can file
down the quarters  to the sole, and let that part of the hoof wall
rebuild itself.

Hmmm, we rarely get "blown-out quarters" with our shod horses.  Of course,
we don't put in the "heel nail"--which is really the one nearest the
quarters.  But nonetheless, the only times we see breakage are when shoes
are forcibly pulled off--such as when a recently-shod horse hooks a shoe
in a fence or something and yanks the shoe off, taking chunks of hoof with
it.  Can't remember the last time I've had any such thing happen--been a
long time.

We DO have 50 or so horses running around here barefoot, in very "natural"
conditions.  And on some, the quarters are what routinely break out first,
if they start to chip and break.  So I'd have to say that quarters are
more apt to "blow out" on naturally-kept barefoot feet than on shod



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RE: [RC] [RC] Circulation to the hoof, Howard Bramhall