Follow-up Hoof Evaluation – Duffy (January 20, 2008)

Posted: March 15th, 2008, by Melanie Merrow

Duffy shoe
Already you can see his heels widen and the frog opening up. His hooves are in snow 24/7 right now so they are getting a lot of moisture which is helping the process of transition. You can see where his frog has been getting good ground contact and has started to flatten out.


He does have a slight flare an all hooves but I only round off the bottom 1/4″ of the wall as rasping high up on the hoof wall will only weaken it. A nice thick hoof wall is needed to protect the coffin bone which is just under the white line. In cases of hoof wall cracks the wall may be a little higher to relieve any outward pressure to allow the crack to grow out.


There is an even angle from the pastern bone and hoof wall. The entire hoof has started to look a lot more healthy by being allowed to flex. I do not apply any hoof oil or dressings as they only seal moisture out, but as you can see the hoof is nice and naturally shiny.