Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Great Trim of 2011 - Part 3

I worked on her hooves some more, so here are some updated pictures. This was only heel work for the most part because of my hoof knife. I think it's sharp now, so there will most likely be a part 4 with some frog and bar work. Sorry to bombard you with more and more hoof pictures!

Left Hoof:

Right Hoof:


  1. I had to laugh about your "trimming muscles" in the last post - trimming is HARD WORK. I have a much better appreciation of what my trimmer does now that I've tried to do it myself!

    Regarding Lilly's trim, I think it looks great! I have one question though - the hoof wall seems thicker between the quarters and the toe, and doesn't quite follow the white line in some places. Do you plan to trim that back? (Note: I have no idea what you should do, I'm asking for educational purposes!)

  2. Just being nitpicky here: you could round the edges of her feet a bit more- and no, you don't need a hoof stand to do it. Hold the fetlock in your less dominant hand and round the edges with the other. Then take your fingers and feel for sharp edges- when you find them, rasp them round.

  3. Jen, I'm definitely feeling it today! It's mostly the muscles in my forearms, and some in my legs. I can't imagine how sore I'd be doing multiple horses!

    As far as the hoof walls go, to be honest, I'm nervous about taking that much hoof wall off at this point in the game. I think you're supposed to do it from the top and not the bottom (I think) and I just couldn't get my technique together.

    Smazourek, I love nit picky! Do you mean to make more of a bevel on the edges?

  4. Yup, that's what I meant. I also noticed you asked me a question that I didn't answer: I use two knives and I would recommend using two instead of a double knife simply because I do a lot of bar detailing. For that I need the loop on the knife and I also need to be able to use my other hand to help push the blade. I'm not sure I could do that with a double knife.

  5. I think when you do what smazourek said and make more of a bevel (from the top), that will take reduce the thickness of the hoof wall at the edges like I was asking about. Cool, thanks for the info!

  6. I agree with smazourek about individual knives vs. a double blade.

    Rolling the edge a bit more helps prevent chipping.

    There's no way around having some sore muscles when you first start. (grimace) But it will get better. ;-) A little tip my brother gave me was when you are under the horse, is to point your toes in. It does help with balance (if a horse tries to pull) and stress on the knees.

    Don't worry...Your confidence will come with the outer wall. When you get your hoof stand it will be easier because you won't have a horse standing on your knee cap. LOL

    I think you have done a great job. Wow! I have seen people who have been trimming for years (and claim to be professionals) who don't get even 1/2 this good.

  7. Thanks, Carol... we've definitely made a lot of progress in just 4 months.

    Smazourek, that's a good point about the double edge knife. I really have to push on the dull edge to get the knife to cut, so if I had two sharp edges I'd be screwed. Guess I need to invest in a left handed knife now.

    Jen, I worked on her hooves a bit more today and I think I'm getting my hoof stand-less technique down. I was able to get a bit of the hoof wall and work on the edges.

    Cowgirl, I'm ebarrassed to admit this, but I couldn't find a good position to work on Lilly's feet standing up, so I put on some knee pads, bent down on one knee, and rested her hoof on my other thigh. LOL

    And thank you so much for your kind words... I really appreciate that!!