A: To get more horses out of my rasps, I stage them. The newest is used just for trimming. Once it dulls, it’s used for dressing. The next level of dull it gets used to dress a shoe in place or at the anvil.
I've recently been called to trim a horse and noticed that the hoof on the off-side front has separated from the coronet front by about 3 inches. After pointing out this problem to the owners, they told me that the horse was totally lame about a week prior and it's now sound and putting full weight on the foot. There's no sign of infection, and during trimming the horse shows no signs of discomfort. There's a lot of movement in the separation opening and you can see a sensitive area that appears to be healthy.
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