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

Posted: March 15th, 2008, by melanie merrow

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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.

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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.

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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.