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    05-10-2011, 10:29 PM
  #1
Weanling
Less then thrilled as to what the farrier had to say

Ok as some of you know I bought a gelding a month ago from this fancy place that only trains walkers.Well apparently they were ruining his feet.The shoes they had on him my farrier called them the horse shoe hall of shame I don't know what kind they were but they had a heal on them and she said they were pushing up wrong on a tendon.They had his toe way too long and his heal was all built up .She said this is why good walkers just don't last long.Its not just all the chains and pads..sometimes its just the way they are trimming.Im a bit upset about this because no matter what all I want is a sound healthy horse over gait and looks any day but I have been working so hard to keep him in a nice walk and now I have to start all over.I have no clue how well he will be walking now he already paces now im sure he will be all pace.I had her leave the back shoes off and just shoe te fronts.Im going to give him a few days cause she said with all the trimming and stuff she did he will be sore.I trust her she is the fairrer for my vets personal horses so I know she is good.Im just a bit upset about how he was trained in the first place..My next step is to get rid of the double wire bit on a 7 inch shank they had me use on him.
Ok rant over
     
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    05-10-2011, 11:48 PM
  #2
Yearling
Welcome to the Wonder World of Walking Horses.

Give the horse some time to find its feet. Work on the longe is not a bad thing for this. Just spend a LOT of time dog-walking. Be prepared for some other sequellae to show up (shoulder or hip pain; hock pain; mild sore back). These should pass with some time.

With Walkers (particularly from "nice" places with lots of ribbons) you can be pretty sure the horse has only the thinnest of basic training. This "lay off" time is a good time to reinforce basic lessons (stand quietly, move on command, change gait on command, whoa, etc.). You will likely find some deficiencies, here. Be prepared for them and fix them.

You've got a job to do but in 90 days you should have a good horse (assuming no permanant injury was suffered in the prior training/husbandry regime). It will take at least a few weeks until you really know what you do or do not have.

Good luck with project.

G.
     
    05-11-2011, 10:12 AM
  #3
Yearling
Guilherme gave great advice! I just wanted to say that he won't necessarily be all pace now. IME many horses pace to avoid pain, if his shoddy trimming job was causing pain in feet/hocks/hips it's very possible that once he adjusts he will be better than ever.
     
    05-11-2011, 10:34 AM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Jacksmama    
Guilherme gave great advice! I just wanted to say that he won't necessarily be all pace now. IME many horses pace to avoid pain, if his shoddy trimming job was causing pain in feet/hocks/hips it's very possible that once he adjusts he will be better than ever.
thats reassuring to hear.Im going to go out today and lung him a bit.Is there anything I should get to help him with being sore from this.How long should I wait to ride?
     
    05-11-2011, 12:19 PM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Diegosmom    
thats reassuring to hear.Im going to go out today and lung him a bit.Is there anything I should get to help him with being sore from this.How long should I wait to ride?
What he needs to do now is walk (dog walk) to find his feet and let his body settle down. Half a bute morning and night for a few days would likely make him more comfortable. As for riding, I'd wait 10-14 days. Work on the longe and work on basics, no gaiting or cantering. You must now follow the mantra of Col. Alois Podhajsky (former Riding Master of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna): I have time.

Good luck in your work.

G.
     
    05-16-2011, 09:54 AM
  #6
Weanling

Here he is after the good trim and front shoes..how does he look
     

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