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I have changed a couple things about Harley's trim.
I trimmed the bars for the first time in a long, long time. Up until this point, I pretty much left my knife in the tack room and scraped any chalky sole with the hoof pick. After reading and rereading about bars and the pressure they can cause (dorsal surface) inside the hoof, I decided to carefully take them down to the level of the sole and flake away any chalky bar material that was overgrown. I did this gradually and found that he exfoliated parts of his sole shortly thereafter. Since then, it looks like he has gained concavity and a tougher sole, especially in the front feet. The frogs are much fatter than in the spring. The central sulcus thrush peskiness seems to have finally subsided, although I keep a watchful eye. The rain has recently left the front frogs a little ragged on the surface, so I am treating as necessary. The asymmetrical crevice in the left hind was the deepest and oddest, but it has just about grown out and is approaching the center of the frog again. I like how his heels are looking. Even the wimpy medial right heel seems a little more serviceable. I daresay that the backs of his feet are slightly wider, again with more change in the fronts.
Finishing The Hoof From The Top
I am still without hoof stand, so I trim almost exclusively from the bottom. It is very awkward to finish a nice bevel from the bottom. I was hanging up-side-down under my horse trying to round his toes, when I decided that I should just try holding his hoof up in front instead. This worked surprisingly well and he did not really lean on me. Good Boy! I was able to round the edges quickly and address a little bit of flare at the quarters, which I have not been able to see and reach at the same time before. Harley seemed to find breathing in my ear and nuzzling my hair terribly amusing while I finished his fronts. I am glad he is amused as I break my back trying to support his foot and rasp at the same time! One day I will break down (only figuratively, I hope) and buy a stand.