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    03-05-2013, 05:33 PM
  #11
Trained
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Originally Posted by KeroKero    
What was one of the major causes of lameness in horses according to this man? Low heels. God help us all if that's the 'educated' information going out! And no he didn't give a reason, it was mostly slap-a-shoe-on sort of solutions to everything....
Yeah, can't comment on the man's knowledge or agenda for saying this - I thought laminitis & 'navicular' type issues were universally the most common problems... although long toes & low heels(are a huge factor in 'navicular' issues. But yes, 'broken back' hoof/pastern angles are a big cause of problems. Unfortunately many people still think of their horses as having 'no heel' when they're actually long but under run/crushed.

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honestly, it really puts me off someone if they refuse to shoe a horse. I get the barefoot thing, I really do, but some horses just need shoes,
You know what's put me off most? Damage to wrists & elbow through the high frequency vibrations of hammering steel. I used to shoe, years ago & recently thought I'd do a 'refresher' course, for the occasional client that comes up that wants shoes(I'm not at all short for work without doing it), but I figure I'm doing very well thank you, without added wear & tear on my body. Don't take it that just because someone doesn't shoe themselves means they're necessarily closed to horses ever being shod.
     
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    03-05-2013, 05:57 PM
  #12
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Theres a trimmer in my area who will not put shoes on any horse swears every horse can be barefoot. He is totally anti shoeing say no horse needs to be shod they can all be barefoot for all and any kind of riding. Well he hasnt delt with my horses and being unable to be barefoot for riding.
     
    03-05-2013, 06:05 PM
  #13
Showing
The trimmer comment about the condition of your horse's hooves is on par with each new hairdresser who asks "Who cut your hair the last time?" Years ago I was lucky to have one of the best farriers in Alberta and he never, ever remarked on someone else's work. Btw, this guy removed very little of the bars if they weren't laying over because they also act like brakes.
     
    03-06-2013, 12:03 PM
  #14
Weanling
The barefoot trimmer I had out was very against farriers:( She said that barefoot is the way to go. My mare has underrun heels and long toes and every farrier we have gone to has said " that's unfixible sorry" But when the barefoot trimmer came out she told us exactly what she would do, fix those underrun heels and those long toes. Im not trying to put down farriers, Im just telling you my experience:) thanks
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    03-06-2013, 12:24 PM
  #15
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Well theres alot of farriers that are clueless when it comes to under run heals any farrier that's says there unfixable is an idiot. Not all horses can be barefoot so barefoot trimmers don't work for every horse. If I only had a barefoot trimmer my horse would be lame all the time he can't go barefoot for riding season.
     
    03-06-2013, 02:15 PM
  #16
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Originally Posted by loosie    

You know what's put me off most? Damage to wrists & elbow through the high frequency vibrations of hammering steel. I used to shoe, years ago & recently thought I'd do a 'refresher' course, for the occasional client that comes up that wants shoes(I'm not at all short for work without doing it), but I figure I'm doing very well thank you, without added wear & tear on my body. Don't take it that just because someone doesn't shoe themselves means they're necessarily closed to horses ever being shod.
i meant the close minded type, not the one that physically wont do it. I really dislike the people who say im abusive to my horses because they wear shoes.

Im not sure how you got that idea based off of my post, it was not meant that way at all. That tone seems very defensive for no good reason at all. I did not make a personal comment towards you.
     
    03-06-2013, 05:16 PM
  #17
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Originally Posted by spirit88    
Well theres alot of farriers that are clueless when it comes to under run heals any farrier that's says there unfixable is an idiot.
I dunno - you try fixing underrun heels & keeping the horse shod... not exactly easy!
     
    03-06-2013, 05:20 PM
  #18
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Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
that tone seems very defensive for no good reason at all. I did not make a personal comment towards you.
No, no worries, just telling why I personally decided not to do it & pointing out that because someone doesn't do shoes doesn't mean they're a fanatic either.
     
    03-06-2013, 05:30 PM
  #19
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Originally Posted by loosie    
I dunno - you try fixing underrun heels & keeping the horse shod... not exactly easy!
I know its not an easy thing to do. But most farriers around here just aren't good or just don't show up then never call.
     
    03-06-2013, 08:07 PM
  #20
Trained
...Which naturally makes it impossible to correct them, regardless of shoes!
     

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