Injured and neglected horse hooves get trimmed

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Basically horses are animals that walk all day long, because their natural habitat requires it. Food is in one place and water is at a place far away from food so naturally they have to walk a lot, and generally the ground they walk on is very hard so their hooves get maintained by it. They walk and their hooves rub some of it off by each step.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. My tiktok is full of horse, donkey, mule hoof trimming and shoeing as well as treating injured cow feet.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.”

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

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

  23. 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?

  24. There are many things to look for when trimming a hoof. I’ve been a farrier for almost 20 years. I can generally just look at a hoof and know what to do to it.

  25. (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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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:

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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

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

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

  36. 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.

  37. 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?

  38. I love the wholesomeness of this video but seriously why waste people's time you only need to video one of the hoofs being trimmed, at that point we fully understand what it would be like to turn the next three and it's completely unnecessary to film it, secondly the entire point of this video is to give this horse some comfort and happiness, we the viewer are waiting for the end of the video to see the horse run away happily....

  39. Not a horse person. This "care taker" that let this horse get into this condition should be shot in the face. Then rehabilitated and healed and shot in the face again.

  40. I have little to no knowledge of equestrian life, so i am interested in knowing the following. How do wild horses take care/trim their hooves?

  41. The same way other wild animals wear down their nails: through use. A wild horse would run miles every day, through rock, grass, dirt, etc. whereas pet horses spend a lot of time just standing around in a nice squishy pasture without many abrasive surfaces to act as natural files.

  42. The horse just lets him do this? Is this something you’d have to get a horse used to over time?

  43. Handling their hooves is part of the desentization process domestic horses go through before training. Since picking out hooves is part of the tacking-up routine, they're pretty accustomed to being handled and tolerate this just fine. Occasionally an overzealous farrier trims too far and causes tender hooves that a horse may remember and associate with being trimmed, so they need to learn to trust again, but usually they just get bored and fussy if a farrier takes too long.

  44. OMG I felt sick when I saw their hooves like that, basically crippling them. I don't know how that happened but I'm so glad the hoof dude got them fixed up. Can you imagine the relief they felt??

  45. Shoes on domestic horses are generally only needed for horses that regularly work on hard surfaces that wear their hooves down faster than they grow. Wild horses also typically don't have the same genetic issues like soft/easily-worn hooves that domestic horses can end up with due to breeding. Domestic horses sometimes end up with shoes not because they're wearing down faster than growing, because no hoof = no horse.

  46. The natural terrain shapes their hooves as they travel. Domestic horses are usually just on grass so they don't have any rough terrain to shape their hooves

  47. Wild horses put more miles on their hooves and typically cover rougher terrain than domestic horses. Their hooves wear and chip down, so they don't need trimmed. It's like the difference between a tradesman who works with their hands and never needs to trim their nails, vs an office worker who does.

  48. There is something so satisfying about watching this work be done. I’m glad this horse is now feeling much better!

  49. It’s weird that humans go to salons to get fake overgrown nails put on but yet we cut real overgrown nails on other animals.

  50. At what point does the horse decide to stay still for this? It's clearly been neglected so suffering people would seem stressful for them.

  51. I gotta imagine this felt incredibly relieving to the horse. Kind like getting dead skin and calluses scraped off during a pedicure?

  52. Coming from someone who knows nothing about horses, how do you not get kicked? I’d probably be quite nervous if some animal started cutting my nails with a big saw close to my foot

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