The Mustang Roll

Casie

Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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2 Responses

  1. IcePonyGirl says:

    Thanks!

  2. R.Hawk says:

    I do not over trim a mustang roll as I think it weakens the edge around the hoof and can actually cause flaring. The top layer of hoof wall is the strongest–for protective reasons. When the top layer is removed each layer underneath becomes softer and softer. As the weight bearing mechanism of sole descending and toe expanding think of what happens is the outside edge is soft. Real mustangs do not wear down the wall by thinning it out like trimmers do with their rasp, mustangs shape of the mustang roll gets “pounded” into shape, the wall around the roll is still just as thick as the rest of their wall and the horn tubules at the mustang roll are still that hard thick protective outside layer and it bends under because of how it is pounded into it’s shape–not worn away as many think. If the bottom of the hoof is well balanced, I smooth out any edges, otherwise I leave the top alone. Go get some close up pictures of some real mustang hooves, zoom in to look at the horn tubules around the mustang roll, you will see the horn tubules on the top hard layer of hoof wall do not end or get worn away, they bend around the corner of the mustang roll. I think over thinning the wall makes many horses sore. What wall is a containment retaining wall for the sole meant to help it keep it’s shape and needs to be load sharing for protective purposes.

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