WHAT IS A MAINTENANCE TRIM?
Feet should be trimmed as often as possible, approx every 2-3 weeks. Ideally in between your hoof care provider’s visits.
The maintenance trim is simply removing the excess of external hoof wall to mimic natural wear.
If you train regularly and feel confident enough, it’s something you can easily do on your own.
However, if your horse has important imbalances, it is paramount to address them properly on a regular basis. An experienced trimmer or farrier should control your work and correct the feet imbalances.
HOW TO DO A MAINTENANCE TRIM?
• Clean the feet
• Rasp the wall flat just above sole level
• Rasp with a 45° angle bevel the external wall (the back wall on this horse)
This article can help you spot more easily the difference between the external wall and the inner wall.
Here is a close up view to understand the difference between rasping flat and applying the bevel.
• Heel Bevel (/!\ front feet only)
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THIS HORSE?
For this horse, frequent maintenance trims are necessary to correct imbalances and because the owner is not in a position to perform a maintenance trim by herself. The bars were not trimmed on purpose for this trim and were trimmed away at the next corrective trim, 4 weeks later.
When trimmed with correction, we work more on her heels and toe.