Re: Short vs long intervals was trimming from the top

Ute <ute@...>

Basically I feel that it is better to trim a little but  more frequently than to take big chunks off at once because that can potentially cause more trauma than necessary to the foot and to which the foot might respond with excessive growth in some areas. However, if you are successful with your approach, then that's OK too :-)
Ute Miethe  - LMT/LAMT NCTMB
Nationally Certified Massage Therapist & Natural Balance Barefoot Trimmer

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Sent: Monday, February 11, 2008 12:56 PM
Subject: [ECHoof] Short vs long intervals was Re: trimming from the top

Ute wrote:

> Ideally hooves should be minimally trimmed.

Okay, are you saying "hooves should need minimal trimming", or "you
shouldn't do much when you trim"? There's a big difference, and what
I'm saying is the former. My goal is a self-maintaining, functioning
foot, and I seek to achieve that goal as quickly as possible.

> It is much more effective to address unnatural imbalances that were
> created by improper shoeing and trimming (underrun or contracted heels
> for example) with frequent trimming,

I don't know that "much more effective" is the phrase I would use. I
might say "much less risky". With many horses I use that approach and
we go quietly along where we intend to go. Sometimes however "first, do
no harm" puts us in a situation where we don't move forward as rapidly,
and some other times we really get stuck and don't move forward at all.

> and yes, if the horse's hoof responds to trimming by
> just bringing back material that was just removed, the horse should be
> listened to - apparently the hoof needs the additional material at that
> time for some reason.

Indeed. Of course I don't think that's what we were talking about,
really ... but maybe I'm misunderstanding this.

My primary reasons for trimming the way I do are as follows:

1) I love all horses with a sort of absurd passion, and I can't STAND to
see them uncomfortable. I want them to be happy and sound as soon as
possible and I use the techniques that I personally can safely use to
help them do that.
2) By using slightly more aggressive trim techniques and longer
intervals I am able to visit many more clients in a cycle than I would
if I had to see them all every 2-4 weeks.
3) I can travel much farther to trim because the huge travel charges are
offset by the fact that the trims are quick and effective.
4) The money and time that my clients save on trims because I'm not
there all the time, they can then spend on things like xrays, bloodwork,
diet balancing, and adjunct therapy (lights, massage, chiro/acupuncture,
dental work) - that allow me to do my job better and get the horses
sounder & healthier faster.
5) The time that I save by not being out on the road I can spend doing
stuff like writing this post. (I had a client cancel today because of
the brutal cold & wind, after canceling last week because of a storm - I
have no worries about the extra couple weeks on her trims because I
typically look at her horses' feet & say "so what am I supposed to do
with these?" ... self maintaining feet.)


Abby Bloxsom

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