Transformation - Daisy


In June I got an email from a former client in Washington state. In the two years since I stopped traveling back there to trim, the woman had been trimming her horse herself. I had taught her and she had done well, but as often happens, trimming became routine with less and less being taken off. At the point where the horse, an Arab mare named Daisy, became lame, the owner sent out a distress call.

I asked her to send me photos, so that I could see what was going on, then mark them up and tell her where to trim. The photos below document the trimming - and the transformation!

Daisy pre-trim 6-6-12



First photo - taken June 6, 2012

My comments/instructions for trimming Daisy: The red line indicates where the foot wants to be, but that is too much take off. The yellow line shows the wall that needs to be trimmed. Exfoliate any dead sole. take the wall and heels down to 1/4 inch above the sole.

NOTE: This is NOT what I would say today. I would say bring the heels down to 1/4 inch above the sole. But I would say bevel the foot from the yellow line out at 20 degrees. Wall should not be left above the sole from 9-3.

The owner is not a professional trimmer, obviously, so the instructions are simple.


Post trim 6-7-12




The photo to the left is the post trim shot. The dead sole has been removed, wall height reduced, the wall beveled. The sole ridge, indicated by red arrows, is now clearly apparent on the dry foot (it was obscured by the water in the before photo). The owner also trimmed the bars, just slightly, which was all they needed.



Pre-trim 7-3-12




This is the pre-trim photo taken on July 3rd. Though it's been less than 4 weeks the foot has changed a great deal. This is the beauty of the Hoof Guided Method. Non-aggressive trimming, and letting nature do the work! Nature is better at it than we can ever be.

This foot shows quite a bit of wall height to be removed, which means the sole has moved up, shortening the hoof capsule (the CORRECT way). The area at the tip of the frog is where the foot has started to shed the old sole, to reveal the new sole beneath. The heels can again be trimmed - because they are more than 1/4 inch above the sole. The bars also need some trimming. And those were my instructions to Daisy's owner.



Post trim additional markup 7-4-12




This photo is the subsequent markup I sent to the owner. I felt she could have taken off more toe, and that would be beneficial.



Final post-trim photo 7-6-12




This photo is taken at a weird angle, but clearly shows where the sole ends, and how wide the bevel of the old, forward toe is.

What is also apparent is the blood in the white line from where the toe wall had separated from the laminae - which was what had caused the lameness.

These photos show just how fast a foot can transform when trimmed minimally, allowing nature to do the work.

The last photo is clearly not that of a perfectly trimmed foot.  AND THAT IS THE POINT!!  The foot only needs help, not to be controlled and micro managed.  For those who believe trimming must be aggressive, frequent, and "look good", I urge you to check out the self-trimming experiment case studies, where NO human trimming has occurred.


Daisy's owner found trimming too stressful and has called in a local professional.



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