The angle of the heel can often be raised by two or three degrees simply by reducing the height of the toe plane by 1/8 inch.
This hoof experienced catastrophic damage due to extensive and recurring abscesses. The entire sole was and the hoof had lost all integrity. This change for the better occurred over 6 months.
Quite a bit can be accomplished in a single trim. This is a neglected donkey and I was able to bring the hoof into balance, fixing the angle of the pastern.
In a single session I can usually restore balance and set the horse up for correct growth. It's important to keep a 6-8 week cycle going forward after that first trim.
This photo shows a set of shoes I pulled off a foundered horse and replaced with glue-on polyurethane Easyshoes. Shoes should always provide full support to the entire heel. "Short shoeing" can cause severe pain, lameness, corns and crushed heela.
Reducing toe length is critical for soundness! Long toes only encourage a thin sole and underrun heels. You can fix the heel by first fixing the toe.
Great example of a trimmed hoof next to untrimmed. I usually take all the excess length off in one session. This donkey was happy!
This toe crack was nearly resolved with just one trim in which I brought the toe back sufficiently.
Another example of a trimmed hoof next to untrimmed. This donkey had not been trimmed in over a year.
This shows how much can be accomplished in a few months! I brought this time back over 2 inches in length the first trim then maintained from there. When the sole is thin and flat, it takes longer to reduce toe length.
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