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Hoof appearance

Discussion in 'Hoof Care' started by Smoke, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. Smoke

    Smoke New Member

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    Might be hard to tell from the pics but how do you think my horse's hooves look?
    I'll be getting them trimmed soon.
    Are those rings normal?

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  2. Jessey

    Jessey Well-Known Member

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    Rings indicate a change in the gut, different food, upset tummy, a metabolic change etc. Ideally you don't want to see them, just a nice smooth hoof wall, but as long as they're subtle and they are parallel to one another it's not anything to panic about.
     
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    orbvalley Well-Known Member

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    beautiful hooves, well done
     
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  6. newforest

    newforest Opinion, a view not always based on knowledge.

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    Where are you to have snow?

    Only thing I really notice is some flare.
     
  7. Smoke

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    I'm in northern British Columbia, Canada. It was also -18c a few days ago :eek:

    What's flare?
     
  8. Smoke

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    Here's one from the side also. I know these probably aren't taken correctly to really do a critique though
     

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    Jessey Well-Known Member

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    For really good critique pictures they need to be dead side on at the level of the hoof (not aiming down), dead straight from the front and dead straight from below, but probably best to get your farriers opinion 'in the flesh' so to speak :) Flare is when the hoof wall isn't dead straight (if you put a ruler against it, it should be flush all the way down) when there is flare it kicks out at the bottom giving a gap between the hoof wall and ruler part way down.
     
  10. newforest

    newforest Opinion, a view not always based on knowledge.

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    Wow Canada bet that is chilly.
     
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