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post #1 of 25 Old 01-29-2014, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Barrel Horse Farrier to trim Dressage Horse's Hooves

I'm a little freaked out right now because the local farrier does mostly barrel horses and soon my little mare needs her feet trimmed.

Do barrel horses get a different type of trim then Dressage horses? Should I request/look for a different farrier? He seems like a really nice guy and he does a great job with the barrel horses but I don't know if barrel horses require a totally different trim then Dressage horses?

Is there a particular trim I should ask for?
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post #2 of 25 Old 01-29-2014, 11:21 AM
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A good trim is a good trim, regardless of discipline. It doesn't matter if you're running barrels or doing grand prix dressage or plodding down the trails, the balance of your horse's hooves isn't going to change. A good farrier will trim/shoe and end up with a balanced hoof. A bad farrier won't.
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A good trim is a good trim, regardless of discipline. It doesn't matter if you're running barrels or doing grand prix dressage or plodding down the trails, the balance of your horse's hooves isn't going to change. A good farrier will trim/shoe and end up with a balanced hoof. A bad farrier won't.

Oh good. I will stop panicking now.
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The first farrier I had here was mainly into shoeing show horses that demanded a high knee action and left my horses feet way too long for what I wanted or was used too - but I can't see that being the case with barrel horses
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The first farrier I had here was mainly into shoeing show horses that demanded a high knee action and left my horses feet way too long for what I wanted or was used too - but I can't see that being the case with barrel horses
I see...so there are different types of trims depending on discipline but barrel horses trim and Dressage horse trim should be similiar if not the same.
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As smrobs said, a good trim is a good trim. Doesn't matter what you're going with the horse, well balanced trims should all be pretty similar.

The reason you see longer toes on horses shown with higher knee action is because the longer toe slows down breakover and causes the horse to have to lift it's knees higher (at least I think I have that right). This might make for some nice knee action, but isn't good for the horse's hoof.
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post #7 of 25 Old 01-29-2014, 05:46 PM
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A FOOT IS A FOOT so a good trim is a good trim if the farrier follows the individual foot. Does not matter what kind of horse it is attached to.
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I would hope that any good farrier is balancing the foot regardless of discipline, though this is not always the case in practice. Lots of bad farriers out there. You won't know if he's good until you see his work, though, so I'd have her trimmed and post some pics if you're not sure what a good trim looks like. I think the fact that he trims horses in a high impact sport is a good sign, because those horses would show the effects of bad trimming faster, so he wouldn't be their farrier for too long if he was awful.

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Where it's more common to see long toes and poorly balanced feet seems to be most prevalent in the gaited horse arena. Those poor horses have some of the most horrendous looking feet I've ever seen.

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post #10 of 25 Old 01-30-2014, 11:58 PM
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If he tries to make her feet look like this:




Ask for another farrier.

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