Removing Flare (Stretched Whiteline)




Please study Flare – Spot, Check & Correct in its entirety before proceeding to this page.

Also, we are only dealing with the Removal of Stretched White Line on this page. I know there are a load of other things wrong with this hoof that anyone can point out, but stay focused on removing the Stretched White line, ok?

Underneath is the foot uncleaned.

And here is the foot cleaned with a wire brush. It does a great job and saves your tools from getting nicked by stones and grit. It is also very clear now how much Stretched White Line there is if we look at the area between the rim of the sole and the start of the hoof wall…the area that has lines in it.

In the pictures below I have rasped the walls down level with the sole…without touching the sole! … according to the way I trim, making sure that I’m not changing any angles…I am merely bringing the walls all the way to the heels down by the same amount until the walls are level with the sole.

Here is a life size picture of the toe and you can now see exactly how much stretched white line there is.

The only way we will ever get rid of this is to take it away from ground contact, stop tearing the healthy laminae higher up, allowing the hoof walls to grow a tight connection over time all the way to the ground.

Merely leaving the walls at this length is not enough as it still makes contact with the ground as the horse walks and turns.

In order to explain this better I trimmed half the foot at another time, again going level with the sole first.

Then holding the rasp at a 45° angle, rasp all the wall (inner and outer) up to the sole away…

Then roll the hoof wall. You can clearly see the Stretched White Line (dirt line between the sole and the wall) and now as the horse walks or turns, the walls can no longer come in contact with the ground, the tearing stops and the hoof walls grow down with a tight connection all through the white line and to the ground.

Here is a dorsal picture of the trim half/half so you can see the difference even though the long side is level with the sole.

Below is the foot done all the way around…

And here it is on the ground trimmed all the way around.

Again, DO NOT do this to any horse that does not have conditioned soles. We are putting the horse on it’s soles which is anyway how it’s meant to be, but we have to allow sufficient time for the transition period. If you sore your horse, you set yourself and your horse back as you will not be able to give him the exercise to promote hoof mechanism and healthy hoof growth.

Here is a picture from later on and while you can see a remarkable difference in the sole, concavity and frog, notice that I am still not 100% happy to have the Walls on the ground. This picture will show you even better how to roll the Walls form the sole up.

Remember also, that there can very well be something in the horse’s diet that’s wrong and causing this condition. We have to make sure all three components… Diet, Trim and Exercise are all done right, else the trim alone will not have the desired effect.


Previous comment from Jessica Smith…

Wow! I looked at the removing flare page. The thought of taking that much off pretty much terrifies me! I must explain….so far my trimming has always been very non invasive. I barely take anything off the walls.

I road ride to trim him mostly then just bevel around the edges. I back the toe up and relieve the quarters but have never taken much off at all. Brego i rasp quite a bit of growth but he’s not sensitive. I really dont know if Andy would cope with that much wall off. He was trimmed too short once by my old trimmer and it crippled him. He actually had bleeding all tbe way round in his waterline. After that I opted for the more self trim approach as he wasnt building concavity or becoming less footsore after a year with kc lapierre trim.

Jessica Smith Nov 23, 2015

Hi Jessica,

I’ll transfer your comment to Andy’s page under Case Studies so we keep the discussion over there.

Thank you!