A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words ...

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Today I thought I'd post photos ... just photos.  Of HEALTHY hooves.  You are free to compare YOUR horses' hooves with these photos. I've taken photos from my own clients as well as from other Hoofcare Practitioners (labeled) ... all represent sound, healthy hooves. Something that we ALL want for our horses. 

You may notice differences in the 'style' of the trim in these hooves pictured below. That's because there just isn't 'one trim that fits all' anymore than there's 'one shoe that fits all' (thinking of human shoes, here) ... A good hoofcare person is going to know what specifics are indicated for the individual hoof on the individual horse.  So -- take a good look-see and enjoy!  Let me know how your horse's hooves compare.  (Student trims)


Monika Martin, Balanced Hoof Services

Paige Poss,


Erin Celia,  The Holistic Hoof

So you see, even though there are teeny, tiny hooves all the way up to draft hooves, they are all trimmed a bit differently yet all sound and healthy.  

Looking at healthy hooves is a great way to assess the overall health of your horses' hooves.  So go ahead -- do some comparisons. What do you see? What are the differences?  Do you think ALL hooves from ALL areas can be sound?

Check some of the previous blog articles to read about different hooves and their situations. As always, comments and questions are welcomed. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all!  I hope you've enjoyed this little pictorial journey!

Stay warm, stay safe and be happy!  




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  • Gwenyth Santagate: December 21, 2016

    Hi Lesley! Thanks so much for your question. I usually don’t do anything until the hoof tells me its ready to exfoliate on its own. The sole is there to protect the foot inside the capsule. But if your mare seems uncomfortable … can you tell me why you think so? Is she head bobbing? If so, at all times or only when going around corners? Is she ‘ouchy’ in general? Is she stumbling? How long are her toes. There are so many facets to what can make a horse uncomfortable that there is no pat answer. But, simply put, if the sole is flaking off and comes off EASILY (do NOT carve out the sole!) then gently skim that portion off the sole. That’s just kind of a general rule of thumb. But tell me more … ???

  • Lesley: December 20, 2016

    Thanks so much for your business nformative blog…i really appreciate you sharing your knowledge and experience. Wondering whether you might do something on retained soles. In the hot dry summer here my mare has flat feet cos all her sole fills in. I currently wait for it to fall out but she doesn’t seem too comfortable. Thanks and merry xmas

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