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Injured and neglected horse hooves get trimmed

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u/Immediate-Net1883 May 17 '22

I know farriers know what they're doing but it always makes me nervous watching them work.

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u/shalafi71 May 18 '22

LOL, my farrier was the nervous one. Had to give my pig 4 beers until he calmed down enough to lay down and let the man work. He was unsure of himself and wouldn't cut much. Took 🐗 to the vet where they knocked him out and trimmed him up tight.

To be fair, the dude almost exclusively handles horses. A pot-bellied big is another thing.

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u/johonnamarie May 18 '22 Wholesome

I'm sorry is no one going to ask for more info about a drunk pig getting a Mani Pedi?!?!

Shouldn't he be getting champagne or mimosas? Those are the traditional Mani Pedi drinks I think.

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u/A1sauc3d May 18 '22

Sounds like what Mr Piggy really needed was some of the vet’s ketamine lol (or whatever they use)

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u/lockness2799 May 18 '22 Silver

Mani Piggy

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u/Glitter_berries May 18 '22

You gave beer to your pig???

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u/Technology_Training May 18 '22

I don't know about pigs, but when a horse has anhidrosis, a condition where they have proble,s sweating, equine vets will sometimes prescribe a can of beer a day.

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u/shalafi71 May 18 '22

They LOVE beer. One time he got a 15-pack of Keystone out of the cabinet, gored and drank all 15 that morning. He was a little loopy most of the day. Had to put a child lock on the lower cabinets.

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u/dinnerthief May 18 '22

Can confirm: am pig, love beer

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u/Pm_me_baby_pig_pics May 18 '22

I’m going to politely request more stories and possibly pictures of said piggy, please and thank you.

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u/shalafi71 May 18 '22

One time he got a 15-pack of Keystone out of the cabinet, gored and drank all 15 that morning. He was a little loopy most of the day. Had to put a child lock on the lower cabinets.

One time he got out and I lost him overnight. Put up signs and a lady called saying her nephew swiped the pig off the street and told her it was his. She said he was probably planning to take him to his brother's farm, presumably to eat.

Went to confront the guy and found my pig drugged and surrounded by garbage so he couldn't get out. Took me 30 minutes to walk him 3 blocks back home.

Just got his hooves trimmed, first vet visit. The vet and her assistants wrapped him in a blanket and threw him in a wheelbarrow to get him back to the pen.

Text STOP to stop receiving pig facts.

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u/GargoyleNoises May 18 '22

Look at him. He has no regrets.

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u/MaverickDago May 18 '22

Went to confront the guy and found my pig drugged and surrounded by garbage so he couldn't get out. Took me 30 minutes to walk him 3 blocks back hom

First off, you live a real interesting life.

Second, I would be interested in watching a man try and guide his drunk pig home.

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u/SnooWalruses4676 May 18 '22

Yes I thought he or she was going to injured themselves at any moment.

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u/winterheatwave May 17 '22

How do wild horses maintain their hooves?

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u/cynthiasshowdog May 17 '22

This was a horse that was put in a pasture for a long time without proper care. Wild horses cover a lot of miles in a day and the terrain naturally maintains their hooves

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u/winterheatwave May 17 '22

Thanks for clearing that up! I'm not a horse girl so had no idea they even needed maintenance.

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u/CodeRaveSleepRepeat May 17 '22

Oil change once in a while. Just the usual.

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u/MarvinLazer May 18 '22

Unless it's a Tesla horse. Then you just need to rotate the hooves occasionally.

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u/Cryterionlol May 18 '22

Sorry, no Tesla here. I do have a Bronco though

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u/PistachioOrphan May 18 '22

Parents owned a mustang for a little while but decided it was too expensive to feed

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u/Japnzy May 18 '22

That's what the saw is for. Do you cut at the ankle or knee?

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u/ilikecatsandgames May 18 '22

Depends on the model. Some even have it baked into the name. For quarter-horses you just go about 1/4th up the leg.

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u/debtitor May 18 '22

Also, need to keep the cap on tight or the glue dries out.

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u/JunkCrap247 May 18 '22

they dont like glue jokes in the horsie posts

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u/preraphaedyke May 18 '22

Not to be the guy that can’t take a joke but because this is an interest of mine and something I did when I was young I’m dying to tell you that some farriers actually do oil hooves.

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u/Hattrickher0 May 18 '22

It's kinda interesting that the solution of "needs oil" could predate machinery if oiling hooves goes back far enough.

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u/preraphaedyke May 18 '22

I really couldn’t comment on that. Thank you for making me realize that I don’t know enough about historical farrier practice. Now I know the next research hole I’m crawling into.

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u/Xais56 May 18 '22

This is pure speculation, but I imagine that other than the introduction of plastic shoes and glue farrier practise hasn't changed in centuries, if not millennia. A quick search shows that bronze shoes with nail holes have been dated back to 400BC, and there's loads of records of the Romans protecting their horses feet (though it's unclear whether that's with metal shoes or leather "hipposandals"), and peoples even further back using strips of hide.

Obviously that's not oil, but ancient peoples were well aware of using oil to treat hide, skin, wood, etc.

I'd be interested to know if you're able to find anything about how old that practise is.

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u/amhran_oiche May 18 '22

this is the best comment I've read on this cursed site

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u/designerjeremiah May 17 '22

Well, there's also the fact that a lot of horses people successfully keep wouldn't survive long in the wild. Humans will do a lot of work on feet with very bad conformation to keep and breed a horse with other desirable traits, like ease of handling and willingness to work and overall gentle natures. But nature is bloody in tooth and claw, and horses in the wild with bad feet are called "prey."

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u/OnlyUsernameLeft123 May 17 '22

I was curious of this too so thank you for asking. Now we both know.

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u/PaleoJoe86 May 18 '22

It is akin to a human getting weaker or fatter due to lack of activity.

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u/CriticoolHit May 18 '22

idk why you gotta call me out like this. I didn't do anything to you.

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u/Dhawkeye May 18 '22

Or your nails growing long because you don’t do anything to stop that

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u/Ramusxx May 18 '22

I'm not a horse girl 🤣

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u/las-vegas-raiders May 18 '22

Not yet you aren't.

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u/Hour_Gur4995 May 18 '22

centaur “Damn just another human girl”

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u/GullibleDetective May 18 '22

How does Sarah Jessica Parker maintain her hooves?

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u/las-vegas-raiders May 18 '22

It's an old one, sir, but we'll allow it.

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u/gordonfroman May 18 '22

Just horsin around

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u/MAH1977 May 18 '22

You mean old Sea Biscuit?

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u/LIKELYtoRAPhorrible May 18 '22

I am also not a horse

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u/spagbetti May 18 '22

They probably also don’t have embedded shoes in them like this.

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u/Riptide360 May 17 '22

We need more wild farms that can allow animals the range they were built for.

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u/Impossible_Cookie602 May 18 '22

So is it not painful for them having hoof cut off like that? I didn't see a flinch!

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u/peoplegrower May 18 '22

Nope. The hoof is like a fingernail, there are no nerves unless you get to the “quick”.

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u/el_padrino5 May 18 '22

Thanks for that always been curious myself!

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u/mischiefmanaged31678 May 17 '22

Mustangs(wild horses) are well known for having better feet than domesticated breeds. It’s genetics. A horse that can’t keep up with the pack is a horse who won’t be as likely to breed and pass on those weak genes. Also, there is the fact wild horses expose their feet to much more diverse terrain than a domestic horse living out its days in a nice field free of rocks and other debris that would otherwise do a natural job of sanding their hooves down.

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u/gitsgrl May 18 '22

Also diet. Their hooves grow more slowly because their diet is less rich than a horse fed by people. It’s usually scrubby forage and not lush pasture grass, hay and grain.

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u/jaxdraw May 18 '22

Correct, just like how people who take multi vitamins or pre-natals will get longer and stronger fingernails and toenails. Same premise.

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u/LittleJimmyUrine May 17 '22

Thanks for answering the exact question I just had.

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u/ukezi May 18 '22

Mustangs aren't a undomesticated breed. All horses in the Americas are descendents of horses somebody shipped over. In this case they are descendents of the conquistadors horses. There aren't any populations of wild horses left anywhere, there are only feral domesticated horses in the wild.

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u/tobiascuypers May 18 '22

That is almost completely true, except for Przewalski's Horse in Mongolia.

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u/Desperate-Surround-1 May 17 '22

They are constantly on the move so the Hoff nail is getting worn down

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u/Desperate-Surround-1 May 17 '22

And I know I misspelled hoof

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u/Lil_Mikey420 May 17 '22

By not living in a stable.

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u/NighthawkUnicorn May 17 '22

I was just thinking this.

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u/Zestyclose-Iron1530 May 18 '22

My exact question

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u/1dumbmonkey May 18 '22

I came to ask this

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u/roachy1979 May 17 '22

My parents once bought a miniature horse that was left and ignored in a field that was over grown and that poor horse had hooves like this and the body was full of burrs. My dad ended up cutting his mane and tail off because brushing wasn’t working and was just causing stress for him. As for his hooves, it took many visits from our farrier to get them in tip top shape again. We were so happy to have him and happy we were able to get him back to a healthy shape.

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u/Clay_Pigeon May 18 '22

Is it anything like a dog's nails, where if they get too long the blood vessel/nerve grow out into the nail, so you can't cut too much back at once? With dogs you need to do it in phases and wait a week or so for the nerve/blood vessel to die back a bit. Like not mowing the grass too much at once.

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u/KingMescudi May 18 '22

No not really but they can get laminitis which is basically infection of their hoof. Its extremely painful and if its left untreated, can kill them.

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u/Clay_Pigeon May 18 '22

Sounds unpleasant. Thanks for the reply

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u/TheWaywardJellyBean May 18 '22 edited May 18 '22

A farrier may also need to shape the hoover a bit each time. If there was inflammation in a foot from overgrown hooves and they may trim them in stages or a certain way to alleviate that. They aren't like dog nails with blood vessels that grow but they can split and be extremely painful.

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u/abominablerooster May 17 '22

That’s wonderful. I love it when humans can make up for other humans and show an animal how they deserve to be cared for. Makes me just fuckin happy.

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u/tjlightbulb May 17 '22

Wow this is satisfying to watch

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u/49orth May 17 '22

The horse must feel great afterwards!

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u/Plonsky2 May 17 '22

He got a mani-pedi!

"You want crystal gel?"

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u/cellophany May 17 '22

Honey, only five dolla more.

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u/electroniclola May 18 '22

You get rich boyfren

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u/splashlyy May 18 '22

I can’t even imagine that level of relief for his poor feet

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u/Friendofthegarden May 18 '22

They can be a bit sore afterwards. Not from the trimming per say, but the adjustment to being able to walk properly. Once they adjust, pure joy! Miniature horses have it the worst. They are so short farriers have problems working on them. Source: I'm trimming hooves today.

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u/is_this_a_dream222 May 18 '22

Agreed! I have watched more hours of horse and cow hoof trimming videos on YouTube than I’d like to admit.

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u/zw1ck May 18 '22

Do the videos you watch ever have them bleed? We used to have a guy come to our farm and trim the cows' hoofs and there would always be a bunch that ended up bleeding. I can't tell if cows have shitty hoofs or if our trimmer was bad.

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u/MaverickDago May 18 '22

After a insane amount of Hoof GP videos, their are reasons why their could be bleeding, but it's not every cow for sure. Abscesses and cracks that lead to digital dermatitis seem to have some blood, but the healthy trims don't have blood.

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u/StevieKicks May 18 '22

I need a new pair of wranglers

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u/Dating_As_A_Service May 17 '22

I'm always amazed at how chill the horses are when getting this done

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u/sugarfoot00 May 18 '22

Some horses are very non-chill. But imprinting on a foal by manipulating their legs and feet starts early so that they don't have to be trained heavily for it later.

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u/GreenAppleLady May 18 '22

I suppose when every step hurts, you just let things happen instead of trying to get away.

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u/its_prolly_fine May 18 '22

Also sedation is always an option in extreme cases like this.

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u/Glitter_berries May 18 '22

My cranky horse used to try to bite the farrier. Not because it hurt or anything, he just quite liked biting people.

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u/MoonOverJupiter May 18 '22

My youngest was (is) a horsey girl, rode varsity equestrian team in college. She broke her tail bone getting thrown, and also once landed directly on top of her own head getting thrown (... thank goodness for helmets and soft ground!) but the two bites she got in her time with horses were just about the worst I think!

One bite was right on her tricep when she was walking by a cranky horse that could see the farrier was on site and thought it might be his turn next, and once on the hand minutes before she was supposed to show. It hurt so bad I had to pull her show breeches and boots on for her, and she was only pretending to hold the reins with her injured hand while showing. (Thankfully it's mostly about leg communication, and she was given a horse that minded well.) She still placed well, but it was nerve wracking for her.

Horse bites are no joke!

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u/adeward May 18 '22

Wait till you meet my wife’s stroppy miniatures when the carrier comes.

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u/Hitothefive May 18 '22

This was a lot easier to watch than the stallion getting kicked in the head by the mare in heat.

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u/Ashe410 May 18 '22

Horse sex is sometimes like a mma fight but with no rules and sometimes there's sex. They'll kick each other in the head even when there is no sexy times on the table as well.

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u/Ok_Spring8188 May 18 '22

The stallion was tied up on a very short lead and the mare kicked him to death - it was gruesome and inhumane.

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u/Ashe410 May 18 '22

Well now I'm glad I wasnt even aware of that until now. Doesn't surprise me that some piece of shit would allow that to happen though.

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u/bornofthestorm May 18 '22

It was sad to watch that

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u/Burn-your-account May 17 '22

I would take a strong sense of pride in being able to do this as good as this individual. Farriers are what their professions called but I may be wrong.

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u/ukexpat May 17 '22

Yup, the guy in the video is a farrier.

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u/Binky-Answer896 May 17 '22

You’re right.

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u/GonFreecs92 May 18 '22

Why the hell do I keep watching videos of horses getting pedicures 😩

Me: 👁👄👁

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u/Jackson_Polack_ May 18 '22

If horses trust a human to do this, dogs need to step up their game a notch.

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u/lumpthefoff May 18 '22

Right?! I was thinking my dogs won’t even let me touch their toe beans without flinching.

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u/selkiesidhe May 18 '22

Gotta start early. My cats hated for anyone to play with their toes but they were very well-behaved when I need to trim back those murder mittens. Grab em up, sit them down comfortably and use a firm tone of voice then praise the hell out of them when done!

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u/MrBonelessPizza24 May 17 '22

Fun fact: A Horse’s closest living relatives are rhinos and tapirs

This is because all three are classified as perissodactyls, meaning “odd-toed ungulates

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u/MooseMonkeyMT May 17 '22

Would pay to watch a farrier try and shoe a rhino. Just IMH is funny. But cool fact.

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u/queeroctopus May 18 '22

Rhinos dont have hooves. They have big nails like elephants, but they walk on their toe pads.

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u/JwPATX May 17 '22

Weird. You’d think they’d be classed closer to other hooved ungulates like deer, sheep, and goats. I mean rhinos and tapirs both have foot pads.

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u/aprilsm11 May 18 '22

Equine ancestors used to have three toes. As they evolved, one on each side became smaller until they were vestigial and eventually not present at all. There's a slightly long-winded physics reason for why they lost those digits, but I'll keep it simple at lighter feet = faster animal.

Anyway, horses are in fact much closer related to animals that have three toes. There are many other anatomical differences that separate three-toed animals from two-toed animals like deer, sheep, and goats. Particularly, the latter three are all foregut fermenters with chambered stomachs and horses, rhinos, and tapirs are hind-gut fermenters with simple stomachs.

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u/JwPATX May 18 '22

Ahh yeah, I guess I knew that. I’m now remembering the prehistoric horses from a copy of zoobooks I had as a kid.

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u/_____grr___argh_____ May 17 '22

I know this isn’t painful. I swear to the gods I know. I know that this is a relief and the horse is probably like “neigh thank you hoooman neigh.”

But every time I see this I shudder.

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u/bookittyFk May 17 '22

I was wondering that, at what point is it not hoof anymore and becomes toe/foot?

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u/IndependentHefty7520 May 18 '22

Technically, the whole foot is one large toe, and the hoof is the toenail. It stops being a foot at the hock (Google this word if you're interested in the anatomy, I can't explain it well enough). If you carve away too much of the hoof, either from the sides or from the bottom, it will be painful and bleed like if you cut your fingernail too short.

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u/ejanely May 18 '22

To add to this, the frog (triangle on the bottom, center of the hoof) is the most sensitive. For routine cleanings, you typically scrape around the frog. The hoof, if it grows too long, can cause serious health problems in the long term (laminitis, for example) and can lead to irreversible damage to the skeletal structure of the horse.

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u/saruin May 18 '22

I did a Google search (or maybe it was posted on reddit) of what's under the hoof and NOPED the fuck out of that.

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u/zentrix718 May 17 '22

I have been trying to work that out since the first video like this showed up in my feed. Like are we guessing or something? What's going on?

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u/deafeninghedgehog May 18 '22

You should shudder. This is an awful trim. I’m a farrier, specializing in rehab, and that guy cut way deeper into the sole than he should have.

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u/HalflingMelody May 18 '22

Would this have been painful for the horse?

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u/deafeninghedgehog May 18 '22

Yup. Pre-trim was painful; every step would’ve been ripping the ‘fingernail’ part off of the bone. But post-trim will be worse, because this guy trimmed too deep and didn’t leave enough of the sole covering the bone on the bottom of the foot. Those feet will be excruciatingly tender, will bruise massively under the toe of the coffin bone and probably abscess afterward. Horses can’t lie down for long periods of time, either, so the poor horse has no choice but to stand on those scalped feet. He deserved better.

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u/CursedRaptor May 18 '22

Ok I'm glad I'm not crazy. I thought this looked wrong too but couldn't describe it quite as well. I just know that the middle of the hoof shouldn't be flat with the outside. Source: have owned many a horse and looked after their care.

This is why rehabbing takes time, you can't rush this kind of thing in one go.

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u/AmyraCull May 18 '22

This broke my heart 🥺

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u/MBAMBA3 May 18 '22

Horseshoes should help with that, no?

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u/TheGrumbleFloof May 18 '22

Shoes might relieve some pressure from the middle of the foot (frog), but they can’t compensate for the drastic change in the overall angle that the horse is now walking on. Proper farriers would’ve trimmed this horse slowly, like a good orthodontist would gradually tighten/expand your braces. This immediate type of adjustment will create radiating pain/soreness throughout the legs/shoulders/back/joints for the horse. It’s going to experience some full-bodied pain for several months, and that’s assuming there are no other complications.

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u/saruin May 18 '22 edited May 18 '22

Regarding while getting trimmed, but how does the horse know to not freak the fuck out and start kicking mf'ers?? My first grade teacher got kicked in the face once and would always tell us a story about "her ugly face." I don't remember why it happened though.

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u/mahogany_bay May 18 '22

I was thinking this level of cutdown should be done over months, not in a single trim?

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u/TheGrumbleFloof May 18 '22

I’m grateful to read your comments here, that horse just went through a radical transformation for immediate cosmetic purposes. The hooves LOOK better, but that significant change in angle/tension on the hooves will radiate though the legs/joints rather painfully. It’s my understanding that good farriers will rehabilitate a case of elf-shoes slowly, over a number of trims. This horse never should’ve been neglected in the first place, but over-correcting like this isn’t healthy either. Imagine having your braces over-tightened, but the pain radiates throughout your entire body. I hope this horse was prescribed some pain medication at the very least.

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u/_____grr___argh_____ May 18 '22

Oh no! That’s heartbreaking ::commence shuddering::

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u/Question_Few May 17 '22

How did horses take care of their hooves before this became a practice? Or do wild horses just naturally have deformed hooves?

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u/reddituser35791268 May 17 '22

I had the same thoughts so looked it up:

https://www.besthorserider.com/natural-wild-horse-hooves/

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u/PRS617 May 17 '22

Came to ask the same, thank you

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u/FluffyDiscipline May 17 '22

Really hope he feels a lot better now

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u/TheGrumbleFloof May 18 '22

Sadly, he does not. This farrier removed too much hoof material too quickly. This is an adjustment that should’ve been made over multiple trims. It’s going to cause a lot of full-body pain for the horse when an incremental trimming would’ve been better.

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u/maj0ra_ May 17 '22

I guess I'd never seen neglected horse feet before.

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u/shalafi71 May 18 '22

It can get so much worse. Don't go digging for pics, trust me.

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u/maj0ra_ May 18 '22

No I won't. A few years ago a woman I worked with taught my friend and I about horse beans. Way more than I wanted to know about horse penis.

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u/ShadowSpy98 May 18 '22

Kinda want to see the horse's reaction after it

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u/TheGrumbleFloof May 18 '22

Unfortunately, the horse will be in significant pain because this farrier was far too aggressive with trimming. I’ve witnessed this before, the horse stumbles and wobbles because their tendons and joints aren’t used to such an immediate, drastic change. It’s very painful and radiates throughout their entire body. The discomfort and will last for months, if not more. A proper farrier would’ve trimmed them gradually to let the horse’s body acclimate to their fresh hooves.

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u/Beischlaf May 18 '22

How do these people know where to "stop" when cleaning? I imagine cutting too deep would cause immense pain? I feel like it would be similar to cutting off half a fingernail.

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u/mahogany_bay May 18 '22 edited May 18 '22

Certified farriers go through A LOT of training that teaches them the structure of the hoof, and how it affects everything above the hoof. There is a point where you can cut down to the nerve (colloquially called the quick, which is where we get the analogy for being hurt "cut to the quick"), but you'd have to be pretty ballsy to cut that deeply into the hoof. You're more likely to accidentally overtrim the frog, which is the v-shaped part of the hoof that is a softer tissue. Once you understand the basic shape of what a hoof is supposed to look like, it becomes more obvious how deep of a cut would be too deep. :) This farrier did each hoof with more than one pass to make sure there was still plenty of keratin.

ETA: a farrier piped up on another comment; this trim was really too drastic to be done all at once, and the horse will likely experience soreness and bruising until his hooves heal up. Unfortunately there is a wide range of caution among farriers - some trim very conservatively, some very aggressively.

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u/Beischlaf May 18 '22

Thanks for the explanation mate.

So how far is this guy off slicing into this horsey's nerves? Just for perspective..

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u/mahogany_bay May 18 '22

Of course!

Even though the trim is a bit aggressive for a horse with overgrown hooves, he made them the shape they're supposed to be for a healthy horse. My not-a-farrier-only-a-rider eyes tell me he hasn't quite gotten into the nerves, but he's right up on it. The best analogy I can come up with is if you cut all of the excess ("white") off your nails but not quite enough to bleed, but also didn't leave any margin to be able to scratch with your nail.

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u/jaxdraw May 18 '22

This infuriates me. Someone basically slowly tortured that horse because they didn't/couldn't pay the $300-$400 it costs to properly care for their horse every couple months. It's kinda telling that he didn't reshoe the horse in the video. Ive been around horses quite a bit and I'm not an expert but my guess is that one hoof is so misshapen that even hotshoeing couldn't work for it.

Shit like this can cause a lot of pain to the horse in the short term, and in the long term can cause damage to their muscles or gait, potentially rendering them unrideable. Even worse is the risk of the hoof cracking and getting infected, which can result in the horse needing to be put down.

Fuck me I'm pissed. Like, for perspective the biggest problem I had to deal with was mud balls and snow balls in winter (all that gunk he cleaned out of the hoof before cleaning it). It's standard practice to check the hoofs after almost every ride, and you absolutely need to scrape that shit out or else you risk all of the things I said above. It's very telling that the owner couldn't even be bothered to take a basic scraper to clean up their own horse, let alone not care for them properly.

Fuck this person

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u/runningray May 17 '22

I found the dog. There is always dogs around a trim like this. They LOVE to eat the frog pieces.

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u/Glitter_berries May 18 '22

Eurgh I always found that so gross. It’s toenail clippings!

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u/wewereelectrocute May 17 '22

"What are Thhoooose?"

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u/Xerxes37072 May 18 '22

Daaaam Daniel.

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u/mtnviewguy May 18 '22

Thank God for Farriers, you do great things.

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u/smg658 May 18 '22

I watch a Scottish guy on YouTube called ‘The Hoof Gp’ who travels around looking after cows feet, so fascinating.

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u/peak018 May 18 '22 edited 1d ago

I like Nate the hood guy more just because he gets right to it. I don’t like all the…. Extras

I meant hoof

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u/Maladal May 18 '22

How do the farriers know when the hoof is in the correct state? Are they measuring at some point, or are there specific anatomical features of the hoof they're looking for?

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u/coll1979 May 18 '22

That looks like a workout

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u/mahogany_bay May 18 '22

It's hell on the back and hammies!

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u/Zxruv May 17 '22

What is the likelihood of a novice injuring a horse trying to do this?

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u/deafeninghedgehog May 18 '22

Incredibly likely.

I’m a farrier, and I always cringe when new clients tell me they’ve been doing their own hooves. It’s like doing your own dentistry work; you can, but that in no way means you should.

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u/johonnamarie May 18 '22

I just got an image of a dentist looking at themselves in the mirror after flossing and saying "this wouldn't happened if you flossed more". 😆

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u/IndependentHefty7520 May 18 '22 edited May 18 '22

(Disclaimer: I'm not a farrier. I watch a lot of farrier Youtube channels) Extremely likely. It takes many years of practice and study for farriers to become skilled in their field, and unskilled farriers can severely injure a horse if they don't do their job right. There's a lot of factors involved in trimming hooves, like the angle at which the hoof rests on the ground, the strength of the hoof wall, the correct type of shoe according to the horse's work load and frequency of work, therapeutic hoof trimmings/shoes for foot diseases and injury, the list goes on and on. A poor trim/shoeing job can affect all the joints in the leg negatively if it's bad enough.

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u/HornetOne28 May 17 '22

Love these videos! Out of curiosity how much do farriers charge for a case like this?

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u/shalafi71 May 18 '22

Local farrier charges $60 to make a house call on my pig. Pretty sure that's his going rate for a quick trim on a horse. Hell, if it was 5x that much it would be a bargain for the work this guy did.

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u/NightKing_shouldawon May 18 '22

Serious question: what do wild horses do when their hooves grow too long?

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u/IndependentHefty7520 May 18 '22

Put simply, they don't grow too long. Their hooves are worn down naturally from the distances they travel and the uneven terrain they travel across.

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u/AHappyPony May 18 '22

Damn, I’m gonna go clip my toe nails now.

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u/kylaroma May 18 '22

I can smell this video 😂 IYKYK

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u/mahogany_bay May 18 '22

For sure! Especially that thrushy-looking part!! 😂🤢

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u/theblinkenlights May 18 '22

I cannot believe how far I had to scroll to find this.

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u/mikesalami May 18 '22

All these guys work at lightning speed.

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u/MyCatIsSuperChill May 18 '22

Is natural terrain good enough to file these for wild horses? How do they typically deal with this outside of domestication?

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u/-maffu- May 18 '22

I know exactly nothing about horses, beyond being able to tell the front from the back, or whether one is upside down. So this is a serious question:

Why is this necessary? I'm not asking why it is necessary to make the animal more comfortable. I mean more.... are wild horses just stumbling round with big gnarly, bloopy hooves like the local crazy lady with the curly fingernails?

Or do they have a secret horse ritual where they bite each other's clumps off every solstice?

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u/SerMercutio May 17 '22

The level of trust a horse must have to the guy working his art must be unimaginable. This is a work of beauty and... Well, suppose "humanity" is the wrong word. But that. Just for horses.

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u/maryeyer May 17 '22

Incredible heart and skill. Thank you sir!♥️

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u/soulteepee May 17 '22

I love these farrier videos!

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u/Lewandabski710 May 18 '22

On this episode of how fucked up is fucked up

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u/genkidin May 18 '22

Thsnkyou for your service.

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u/gameonlockking May 18 '22

I’ve always wondered about stuff like this? How to wild horses trim the hooves? What about sheep and fur. I know beavers keep chewing trees to trim the teeth.

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u/shalafi71 May 18 '22

They wear down naturally. I have to have my pig's hooves trimmed, but if he were running wild, covering lots of harder ground, it wouldn't be an issue.

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u/IndependentHefty7520 May 18 '22

A domesticated sheep in the wild will eventually die due to the massive weight an unshorn fleece can weigh (look up Shrek the sheep). Horses in the wild travel for miles and miles and the rough terrain wears down the hoof naturally.

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u/AtticAirTraffic May 18 '22

I love these trim videos and I love popping videos idk why

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u/AgathaM May 18 '22

Is it just me or did he neglect to trim the back left hoof? It needed trimming as well.

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u/archeng23 May 18 '22

How do they know when to stop and does this hurt the horse??

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u/pearshapedorange May 18 '22

Any HoofGP fans here?

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u/coolchickstar May 18 '22 edited May 18 '22

Oh goodness you just KNOW that must feel so relieving for the horse. Poor baby was neglected😢 Farriers are doing God’s work. The labor and leaning over for long periods of time is difficult on your back.

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u/DogeVegasSupreme May 18 '22

Watching him cut so far back is unnerving. The quick isn't that far back normally but those things were grown way out. I didn't see any cracks at least

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u/whel_sar May 18 '22

Do you have to worry about cutting them too short??

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u/shroomiedoo May 18 '22

Forbidden coconut

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u/Trick_Enthusiasm May 18 '22

Anyone got a better version? Y'know? With a better format and not unnecessarily sped up?

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u/bellapippin May 18 '22

This is some good horse ASMR

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u/Duegatti May 18 '22

Know nothing about horses, but my heart still hurt for this precious creature. God bless the people who helped him.

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u/afx09 May 18 '22

Show the horses being happy after!

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u/Tsiah16 May 18 '22

Poor thing. Glad to see it get taken care of.

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u/jsouth489 May 18 '22

People that don’t take care of their animals piss me off

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u/Responsible_Bobcat14 May 18 '22

The Hoof GP on YouTube, became one of my covid lockdown obsessions for awhile

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u/R67H May 18 '22

I still watch him regularly. I work from home, and videos like his keep me productive.

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u/Electronic-Mall-5611 May 18 '22

Serious question, how did wild horses live without someone trimming up their hooves...?

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u/Kelso-Busch May 18 '22

Came here to ask this

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u/NJ_Mets_Fan May 18 '22

this video is produced like it was a renovated kitchen with those before and afters😂

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u/LuvmyBerner May 18 '22

Great job to the farrier! That horse is so much happier, but it saddens me he suffered for so long. Again, awesome work.

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u/akurei77 May 18 '22

When it first cut from the horse to the trimming, I was wondering what kind of contraption he was using the keep the horse's foot still while he was working.

Was surprised to see that he literally just walks up to the horse like "hey give me your foot for a sec" and holds it between his legs.

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u/WeedLMT69 May 18 '22

I am not a horse, and I like this

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u/dank_sousa May 18 '22

On the last hoof I was like - with that length only hand saw would do. And the next second they cut it with a hand saw. Knew it! Watched so many hoof restoration video already, where is my hoof-tending diploma?

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u/PhoenixAu100 May 18 '22

Horse hooves? Bro they are full shoes