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View Poll Results: How often do you trim your horse's hooves?
6 weeks 12 37.50%
7 weeks 5 15.63%
8 weeks 8 25.00%
other 7 21.88%
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:53 PM   #1
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How Often Do You Trim Hooves?

How often do you trim your horse's hooves?
6 weeks
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:59 PM   #2
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I don't have a set time - I just sort of keep an eye on hooves, and when they look long, I set up an appointment (Usually within a week). My mare has foundered before, and her feet tend to grow faster than the others, though I usually get them all done at the same time anyway. And there is a drastic difference in how fast they grow depending on the season, being that they are on pasture during the warmer months.
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:02 PM   #3
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Ditto singing tree ... please don't forget that horses on grass are going to grow hooves a LOT faster than one on forage substitute.

My horse can easily go 8 weeks in winter, but go more than 4 in summer (on Pasture 24/7), and he's overdue.

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Old 08-03-2011, 08:15 PM   #4
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I watch the hoof. In winter, I've gone nearly three months, but then in summer, I've had the farrier out two months in a row. It all depends on what he is eating I guess, so I just go on how they look.
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:29 PM   #5
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I usually do seven weeks between trims, but that is only because I do weekly maintenance rasping in between. That helps to keep any chips or flaring under control in between trims.

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Old 08-03-2011, 08:33 PM   #6
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We have the farrier come out every 6-8 weeks or so. He usually looks at them and decides. We have a couple that are retired and can get trimmed every other time because they wear so well. We have some that need it every time. I trust my farrier and I know he wouldn't let anyone go who needed one.
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:42 PM   #7
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We follow our farrier's recommendation but sometimes I think the hooves are too long
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:57 PM   #8
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I agree with singing tree also
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:13 PM   #9
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My farrier comes every 8 weeks to do trims. During the summer I wish he would come every 6 weeks, but I trust my farrier.

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Old 08-03-2011, 09:14 PM   #10
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My farrier comes out every 3 weeks. We have horses on different schedules and the ones that need it will get done first.
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:38 AM   #11
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I'm on schedule with my farrier for a set every 6 weeks. I do have one horse that is shod but the other 2 just get trims. I'm actually pushing it on 6 weeks with my paint.......her feet grow like crazy!!!!!!
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:34 AM   #12
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All depends on his hooves. Usually any where from 6-9 weeks. In the winter, much, much longer. All depends on how much I am riding and where I am riding. Trails/dirt road/pavement/etc
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:57 AM   #13
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I also trim as needed, which in winter is generally 8 weeks, but our new addition, the swaybacked pony, will be on a 5-6 week trim schedule to keep his back in better alignment. This is as per our farrier's assessment of the pony, and since his teeth indicate that he is only 18, we potentially have many years with him if we take good care of him.
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:22 PM   #14
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we do ours (6 of them) every 5 weeks now. Summers here in full swing and their hooves are really growing
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