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This morning I was finally able to quietly study the hooves of my horse. He has never been trimmed or shod (he is 3) and has stood on a concrete floor for a while. His hooves are broad and short (everyone calls him that irons are a must, not so nice). There are two soles at the bottom. One above the other, the top one begins to dissolve let. And guess what is underneath, a beautiful hollow sole !!! I'm so glad his hooves are okay. He has flares on the side, of course I cut them back (arc in quarter), but otherwise it looks 'wild'. I have taken pictures and will put them on my website. It's really impressive, but it's a good thing I went to that course otherwise I would have let myself be talked into and horseshoes beaten underneath.
Today only took the video camera to the stable. There I made recordings of my horse (that is low on the heels) and a shod horse that is high on its heels. At home put everything on video tape and played in slow motion. What we have learned during the course of course trimming, heel and tone lands was clearly visible! It is not so obvious to the naked eye, only that some horses that are high on their heels run short.
How is it possible that nobody has come up with the ideas as described in the course before? Everything is so logical and everything falls like puzzle pieces together.
Since May 2004 we have been doing natural trimming (after a course with you) with our Welsh K Foxy Lady. It is going incredibly well: we live in Friesland, where we can only make trips by road (at most a few roadsides when they are dry): We trot and canter a bit and her hooves actually only get more beautiful: good luck with your story and that you can convince many more people about this way for the welfare of the horse !!! And for anyone looking for a farrier on these pages: TAKE THE COURSE with Frans and Ilona and you can just trim your own horse yourself: it is REALLY possible and doable!
Frans and Ilona, thanks for the clear explanation. I immediately got to work on Sunday. Diagnosed that Asaya was on the edges (and that she has been trimmed by a 'natural' farrier ...). Got me sore loins and a stiff back grated. At least I think it looks a lot better now.
The horse leg on which I was allowed to practice (thank you, horse) I have now skinned and buried it with due honor. After the ants and cs have finished their cleaning work I have to find someone with a circular saw who can use the hoof can share neatly. That becomes the neutral material for my 12-year-old daughter - who jumped in behind the curtains the grace of the original leg - to tell in a less ghostly setting about edges, soles, quarters and pulleys.
After a super inspiring day yesterday, I (Esther) am with today the hooves of my own horse, Ivanhoe, started. And it was not easy! I thought his hooves were much better than the hooves I was with you had trimmed and that it would go pretty smoothly. But now that I had a little more knowledge, his hoof turned out not at all good. As it turned out, they were long and, above all, wide. The heels were quite long and the supports were all the way wide to the back (towards the front of the hoof) has grown. I didn't know this when I found the sole, so it was next to the radius it suddenly much higher and louder. I found this very strange and then I am but some filing and then saw that this is the broad growth of the support pads were not the sole. I spent more than 2 hours on both front hooves and it is still not finished, but I thought it was enough. Horse was very good and got him nicely brought to the meadow. And even a nice cold coke caught :-)
Thanks again for the fantastic day and I really hope there will be one follow-up course is coming! I'll be there!!
Hi Ilona (and others),
It is fine with hoof trimming. I now do the hooves of ours both Tinkers and that's fine. Regularly just two hooves at a time (those Tinkers have big hooves !!) and that is doable. The farrier who trims all other horses in the stable we keep there take a look and he is quite satisfied. He also sees that regular tracking is better than once in a while need to trim. Brumby (my wife's Tinker) got on pretty quickly cracks in his hooves but since I trim him and the hooves are nice and short likes with a thick mustang roll, he is no longer bothered by it. With Cobber (my Tinker) I recently had the four-day horse riding of Dwingeloo done and that went fine. His hooves were, of course a bit worn out (we walked quite a lot on the road) but I was very satisfied with how his hooves have kept. It was such a thing 120 km in 4 days. I also recently made a video like the one you have on have the site to check if your horse has a heel lands or Toonlander is. Cobber lands nicely on his heels!
In short: I am very satisfied. Except the other day when I got through my back 've gone while trimming .... It's a matter of getting your back one to keep training ... pfff.