So we recently switched farriers because under the one we used previously, Selena's overreaching problem got worse and worse, shoes were being lost, the quality of even just trims was not there. We switched to this new guy who lives closer to us, and WOW.
He came and watched us run barrels and he pulled me aside after the run. He asked me what she felt like going into the turn. Smooth, bumpy, whatever. I said when she rates she sometimes gets bouncy. He asked me what my plans were for shoeing her for state, since I made it in reining and am on the bubble in figure 8 and horsemanship. I said I wasn't sure. I wanted to put sliders on but I didn't want to game in sliders if I made it in figure 8.
I expected him to agree with me, but instead he says "Why not?"
Everything I've ever thought is that full sliders on a gaming horse is nothing but bad news. I expected maybe a 3/4 slider. Nope, he told me based on the run I just made and the way she works the reining patterns that he's seen, he wants to put full sliders on. He pointed out his other clients who he also has using full sliders, and those who have 3/4, and those who don't. He says horses who are rough going into the turn can be smoothed out with sliders.
So we are putting sliders on her right before the third meet in a couple weeks. After watching the results on the horses he's shod, I have no reason to doubt him, and it makes sense how he's explained it. The man has shod for the most credible trainers in the area, president of the farrier's association, is an instructor...I can't believe I took so long to switch. Selena has already stopped overreaching almost immediately. I can't wait to see how she goes in her new shiny sliders.
Just kinda sharing, haha~ I never would of thought of it that way before.