Spreading HGM Knowledge
I recommend downloading and reading the book, then after some practical work re-read….
even more than twice and of course contact me for any support.
Below are Maureen’s book updates.
HGM TRIM RULES
I am a parrot of Maureen
Which is a good thing ✔️
“Expect to see changes in the sole every time you trim”
Let’s take a look
Here is one of my horses Hara.
She is 16.2 and has pretty big hooves.
We are going to compare her trim on May 26 2022 and the latest trim June 25 2022.
I was surprised in May at how her sole looked, and then wow the transformation back to a nice smooth sole.
Rock crunching no matter how they look different. We notice things but this doesn’t change the trim.
Pre trim June 25 2022
You can see in the pic below her fast rate of growth 5 weeks…6mm of wall above the sole on the fronts.
Hooves are dynamic and amazing to study from trim to trim….take those pictures!
Happy HGM Trimming.
But be Careful
This could happen…..today after 9 years of taking hoof pics my phone got stepped on!
When we trim a foal, a mini or a pony ( under 13.2 ) we have a slightly different trim.
Here are the exact rules...HGM P.M.F ( pony, mini, foal )
This is a mini trim (founder rehab), he has been totally great ( sound ) since his first HGM trim and is now in his 3rd year. Even though he has been totally sound the for the whole time it has taken these years for his hooves to “look” better....this last trim was really exciting because for the first time his soles are looking really good
Look closely at the whiteline no dirt present, heels are at sole level ( measured at the seat of the corn ) also no dirt present.
You can see with this trim my bevel starts way behind the whiteline because there was a clear ridge, and was really necessary. Also you will notice the toe is backed ( because of his founder ).
Here are some examples of dirt left in the whiteline ( we don’t want to do this )
Here are some great foal trim visuals
Thank you Kristin Moses for permission to use your trim pics.
Kristin is a practicing Veterinarian living in Jamaica, she is in the process of learning the HGM trim. Ashwa is a 12 week old foal.
This is his first trim, top row are post trim, bottom row pre trim.
Top row post trim, bottom row pre trim
Top row pre trim, bottom row post trim
Top row pre trim, bottom row post trim.
When trimming foals you want to start checking them for trims after birth and check them bi weekly till around the age of 2 1/2.
Always the question is “why” is the PMF trim different than horses.
When I asked Maureen this is what she said...
She wasn’t totally sure why but she saw better improvement in the littles when she started taking the heels to sole level.
Her theory was the body weight was not enough to maintain heel height.
Hope this is clear and helpful
Always feel free to contact me if you need some support...
Why A Track System
We implemented the track system in 2019.
Having the horses on a perimeter track is brilliant!
We are able to control the amount of grass the horses eat,
encourage movement on surfaces that will trim the hooves naturally and control over grazing in the pastures.
Horses are meant to eat fibre (dried up grasses), not lush green grass (high in sugar),
most horses can tolerate green grass but a few can become insulant resistant (like a diabetic that cannot tolerate sugar) ,
which will cause the fatty tissues in the body to inflame causing pain in movement.
A Track system gives the ability to control the sugar intake, control obesity! Yes obesity in a problem for horses too!
Our track system has two....
Neko our sweet Andalusian is an IR horse so he lives on the outside track and we have the ability to better control his sugar levels.
For all horses living domestically, movement is the key to their good health and great hooves.
And this works 100% with HGM!
The Track System credit goes to Jamie Jackson
2 Tracks, 6 horses.......
Cinder, 11, Quarter Horse.............Hara, 6, Andalusian X.............Miel, 14, Andalusian..................Star, 27, Anglo Arab....................Bella, 16, Shire X Arab............
Neko, 6, Andalusian
The track beginning in 2019, this year they are much trimmer!
Thank You Track!
We love our Herd ♥️
A couple of days ago I spotted these picture on FB, these are hoof pics of an Australian Brumby (feral horse). Sadly they were taken right after this mare just died, that's why you can see blood on the hooves.
From an educational stand point these hooves give us an amazing opportunity to get close look at some wild hooves.
With HGM trimming we don't try to make our horses hooves look like a wild hoof, we simply mimic the action of the ground, by following the simple HGM trim rules. If you try to mimic the look of wild hoof for example "take the heels down" you will start a cycle of hoof problems.....hoof imbalances, which are the cause of all hoof pathology's.
We can see this hoof is not perfect! imbalanced heels, frog, collateral grooves and sole,
there is also a clear sole ridge.
The frog looks contracted compared to my domestic horses hooves.
Remember....the ground has no knife and no agenda.
Wall is at sole level with not such a steep bevel angle, a little height at the seat of the corn and nice sole with good concavity.
We can see the white line and excess laminae at the wall quarters and no peripheral loading lines on the wall.
We see the same thing in this hind, not perfectly balanced.
But still a beautiful hoof.
Now lets compare some of my domestic horses hooves to these Brumby hooves.
Well pretty close....the exception being the back of hooves, frogs and angle of the wall, the larger bars are part of the the angle of heel.
My horses are turned out 24/7 but their footing is grass and their amount of daily movement doesn't come close to that of a wild horse.
Things to note I never trim their bars and only balance the heels at the seat of the corn if necessary.
My horses hooves don't look exactly like wild horse hooves because my horses are not wild! But they are sound on all surfaces. Functional domestic feet.
Here is a comparison to a domestic horse that lives on a gravel surface.
These 3 hinds are post trim...you can see how little I did....wall to sole level to the whiteline-20 degree bevel on the wall.
No hoof is perfect or perfectly pretty.
I follow the HGM trim rules and then just observe and trust in nature....
The results of this trim method are incredible....
This is why I share.
And looking at hooves is addicting.
The thing about HGM is, we see the hoof and what it tells us but it doesn’t change the trim....
Because our trim is mimicking the ground and the ground is just the ground! Not terribly scientific....
This is why Maureen taught us....
”It’s not rocket science”
“Are you as smarty as the ground”
“The ground doesn’t think”
“ The ground has no agenda”
THERE ARE NO MEASURING OF ANGLES, NO ATTEMPTS TO CONTROL THE HOOF
Basically what happens when you start trimming with the HGM method is you will stop trimming the heels ( or only rarely need to ) and address toe...only from the sole.
What we see on the outside does not affect our trimming....Our trimming guide is the sole!
If you are questioning or are not yet totally trusting the trim you may be shocked by what you see, when you look at the changes to the heels.
FIRST LETS LOOK AT THIS
WILD HORSE HOOF WALL