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Old 15-01-2009, 10:42 AM   #1
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hi there guys, my girls feet are due for trimming, but theyre rock solid and i dont think my farrier is going to appreciate it, so i was wondering what i can do to soften them up for him?
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Old 15-01-2009, 10:50 AM   #2
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Simply soak them in water regularly by hosing or let water troughs overflow so the horse can stand in the water.
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ah okies, id read that somewhere but didnt know if it would actually work lol, will give it a try thanks
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Yep, water.
My farrier suggested digging shallow puddles around their feeds bins so they can get a good 'foot' soak while they're having dinner.
**One of our horses loves to dig so we'll get him to do the hard work for us
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ah if only all people would be so kind and appreciative to their farriers!
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Old 15-01-2009, 02:44 PM   #6
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I don't ask any of my clients to soak feet, As long as your rasp/nippers are good quality and sharp plus the trimmer/farrier uses them correctly then your tools do the hard work. It just means you use more rasps over time.

Soaking once every 6 weeks for the farrier isn't a big issue if thats what they ask you to do but if soaking is done on a regular basis it can be detrimental, not necessarily the soaking but the foot rapidly drying.

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Depends where you are Claire.

We soak before a trim, even though I have great gear. Too much of everything is bad of course, but we are in the desert.
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yeah my horses tend to have hardish hooves generally, which is usually great, but the farrier im using is a grumpy man but does a fantastic trim and balance, so i dont want to upset him by having such hard hooves...
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Something I do is put their feet in a 1/4 of a car tyre tube, poor about a litre into it and fold it back over and tie it up with bailing twine… leave to soak for 10 – 15 mins… soft as butter!
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Depends where you are Claire.

We soak before a trim, even though I have great gear. Too much of everything is bad of course, but we are in the desert.

Fair enough, Its more soaking as a regular practice i.e weekly that causes the problems. Good feet will cope with rapid water loss as a healthy foot will have good inner wall structure which will release water slowly.
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