Rock hard hoof


jessica skene
 

Hi all,

in winter, I need my mare booted all the time... every time I do that, her feet become rock hard (my really great quality knifes are like slipping on it...), she get a load of retained sole so I can’t lower her heels like I should... even her frog become all hard...
I think it’s because her hoof is dry from always being in a dry sock or on shaving

what should I do?


Deb Walker
 

Would a soaking boot work to soften her hoof? I've had this issue with Scotty's hooves in the past as well, and yes, wearing boots all the time seem to exasperate the situation.
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Deb and Scotty I/R & PPID
Northwest Illinois, May 13, 2019
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Kirsten Rasmussen
 

Jessica, Deb is right, the general advice is to soak the hoof to soften it before trimming.  You'll have to experiment with how long to soak.  I feel your pain though, my boy's feet get rock hard in the summer when it's dry and my hoof knives just aren't sharp enough!

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Kirsten Rasmussen
Kitimat, BC, Canada


Lavinia Fiscaletti
 

Years ago, I remember my farriers complaining about hooves that were too hard to use a knife on. Soaking can definitely help if you can mange it.

Power tools, however, don't care so adding a grinder or dremel with a flap disc to your tool bag can make your life a lot easier.

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Lavinia

Moderator/ECIR Support


 

What dremel and dremel head have you used?  


Lavinia Fiscaletti
 

I use a full size, 20v angle grinder with a 4.5in, 40 grit flap disc much of the time - which makes really quick work of things.

I've used a 10.8v cordless dremel, with the coarsest flap wheel available, or one of the sanding bands, where the full size angle grinder is just too large so can't be as precise as needed. Worn wheels/bands don't do the job.

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Lavinia

Moderator/ECIR Support


LJ Friedman
 

i use a dremel for my own calloused feet. lol a little


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LJ Friedman San Diego nov 2014

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