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This is Daisy Bicking, Equine Foot Rehabilitation
Specialist, giving Donum Dei, 3 weeks old, his first
pedicure, or hoof rasping. For more information, go to
So to prevent the old adage, “No foot, no horse” which is a major problem in the Mid Atlantic States, we cannot simply leave baby horses with the mothers on lush green pastures to grow up. We have to address the feet of the baby foal from Day 1. This means we have to create firm footing in some part of the babies’ environment, which will allow the feet to get out of the constant wet, so that they can get hard.
We have to maintain the proper hoof shape by trimming off the excess toe or whatever part of the hoof needs to be trimmed in order to maintain a symmetrical and balanced
foot. It is a lot easier to grow a horse foot properly if it is maintained from birth, than to try to come back when the horse is a yearling or older, and attempt to try to fix a
deformed hoof capsule and internal soft tissue structure.
Here is an interesting horse behavior phenomenon: The first picture shows how I used to restrain GQ when he was a baby. He was little, and he learned that I was bigger and stronger than he was when I was in that position. When I would hold him like that, he would stay perfectly still, because he knew he could not get away. Well, as you can see in photo #2, at 1500 pounds, he is now certainly bigger and stronger than I am. However, if I put one arm around his chest, and one on his back (because I can’t reach his rump) he thinks I am holding him still, and he does not move. I assume that one day he will learn that he can get out of my body hold, but for now, I’ll take his submission to what he still believes is my superior strength.
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