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Re: [RC] hooves - Rebecca Fabiszak


Balance is the key from what I understand about "Natural/Barefoot trimming". According to my trimmer and my dental vet, the horses hoof structure will tell you where and how the coffin bone sits. I would never dare try to trim as I have off set eye's. 4 surgeries from the time I was 2 until I was 8 and have absolutely NO depth perception. My dental vet insists (not that she is right) that x-rays are not necessary as the external structure will tell you where everything sits. I know very little and it is my huble opinion. Beccy

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From: "Kitley, Carrie E Civ USAF AFSPC 30 MDSS/SGSLF" <carrie.kitley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 2:47:49 PM
Subject: RE: [RC] hooves

That's a very interesting article.  If we could just convince all the ride vets of this, then we wouldn't get pulled for being a little "off"?  I just spent a bundle on x-rays and diagnostic imaging and a "specialized" farrier, trying to get my girl's feet all even (she was low on one heel, but it never seemed to bother her much), and now I'm wondering if it wasn't a mistake.  She's now having some minor back pain after riding this weekend, that she never suffered from before.  I'm so frustrated I could scream.  I sure wish our furry friends could talk!  Sometimes I think I'm doing the right thing by her, and then I get more information and question what I've just done.

Carrie Kitley
30th Medical Group, Vandenberg AFB
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From: ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of firedancefarms
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 1:40 PM
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Subject: [RC] hooves

This is an excellent article from the horse.com
Here is a quote from part of it.  I think it will ease a lot of worries!
The rest of the article is:

Most horses do not have perfectly matching feet. Why? Often, the shapes of the coffin bones inside them are very different. When the bone angles vary by up to 15°, is it any wonder that the hooves are shaped differently?

Matching hoof angles when bone angles are significantly different has an inherent risk of causing unwarranted lameness because the forces within the foot are drastically altered.

If you try to make feet like these match externally, you might create a lameness problem. It's a mistake to think that forcing one to match the other or making both conform to a vague standard will make them healthier. A horse's feet can be perfectly healthy and functional at very high levels of competition without matching each other or some "perfect" standard. They just have to be in equilibrium with their internal structures to stay "happy."

--Ric Redden, DVM, with Christy West

Louise Burton
Firedance Farms Endurance Arabians

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