Maintenance trims are for hoofs without severe pathology. The goal is to trim any excess growth BEFORE the hoof becomes imbalanced so the interval between trims is 4-6 weeks, any longer and the hoof tends to overgrow, throwing off the proper mechanical balance of each part of the hoof and its internal structures, leading to discomfort and damage. This hoof is on a 4 week trim cycle and is a good example of the amount of growth you should see on your horse’s hoofs when they are ready for a maintenance trim.
This maintenance trim included lowering the height of the inside heel and wall to mirror the self maintaining height of the outside heel and wall, trimming the bars down to just above the sole plane,touching up the wall bevel/mustang roll, trimming small frog flaps, and lightly blending any wall flare from the top.
(you may also notice a slight vertical rasping at the toe and side walls which was applied to aid in wearing of the hoof wall between trims because this particular hoof has a stubborn llamellar wedge we are working on growing out through diet change and 4 week maintenance trims.
Restorative Trims realign the hoof capsule with the bony column and soft tissue within it as well as restoring correct angle of the bottom of the coffin bone to the ground plane, over a series of trimming cycles, with an emphasis on keeping the horse comfortable, maintaining a proper heel first landing, and correct succession of the loading of each structure of the hoof.
Restorative trims are often done on a shortened cycle to make large changes slowly in order to keep the horse moving comfortably throughout the transitioning period. The examples shown are severe for illustrative purposes but many domestic horse’s hoof capsules under routine farrier care are distorted, rotated away from the internal structures, and sometimes even have bony column rotation! If the coffin bone, and vasculature around it have not been severely damaged, and any diet, environmental, lifestyle and contributing health/body issues are resolved, the restorative process is expected to take about one year to complete because, the horse has to grow the well connected, healthy, hoof capsule. The trim and lifestyle change simply set the horse up to be able to do so. All good things come to those who wait. We are willing to work with your vet and believe in a team approach.
Hoof Rehabilitation involves a restorative trim, AND diagnosis and treatment of any health or body issues, implementation of a balanced natural diet plus as many aspects of a natural lifestyle that can be applied to your horse’s situation. If you are interested we will work with you to customize a plan to rehab your whole horse, we consider this part of our trim service and always helps us to get better results showing up in the horse’s hoof.