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post #1 of 8 Old 05-30-2011, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Beginner Hoof Trimming Question

Having never owned my own horse before... I never gave much thought to hoof trimming and shoeing.

Now, I am leasing a trail horse.

His owner cautioned me that he is sore after hoof trimming and that I need to wait several days before riding again...and that this is normal every time the horse is trimmed.

This doesn't sound right to me...

I can't recall ever having to wait several days after a horse was trimmed or shod unless there was a specific hoof problem.

Thoughts? Opinions?
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-01-2011, 01:03 AM
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No, that sounds off...ike the trimmer is doing something wrong.. I'd only expect soreness if maybe he had a hot nail like the nail didn't exit his hoof properly and went too far up or if he was transitioned from shoes to barefoot. I've certainly never heard of that..maybe the trimmer cuts out a lot of sole and he's on gravel?
Maybe you can be there when he's trimmed and ask the farrier why he's sore after trimmings
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-01-2011, 01:14 AM
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It is NOT normal. Is the farrier you are using the one that's always done this horse? I would definitely want to know his/her opinion on this.

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I have never had my horse come up sore after a trimming.

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post #5 of 8 Old 06-01-2011, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you! (I was hoping I wasn't crazy!)

This is a leased horse and the farrier is the one the owner prefers. The horse is barefoot and has really nice feet - so I was very surprised when the owner told me not to ride for a few days after a routine trimming and that this was "normal".

Ugh!

I wonder if I'll be able to convince her to get a new farrier?

Leasing a spoiled rotten trail horse...pretty - but a brat!
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If there is a long time in between trims sometimes a horse will be sore afterwards. Some people also suggest that if the angle is changed drastically when the horse is trimmed to give a few days for the tendons to stretch out before you do hard riding.
Its usually only a day or two though.

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post #7 of 8 Old 06-01-2011, 10:32 PM
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Hi,

Agree with others. There are occasional exceptions, but a horse should be the same or better after a trim, not worse. Unfortunately there are still those farriers/trimmers/owners who expect & accept a horse being sore post trim as a matter of course. That's generally an indication of lack of knowledge/error in their methodology.
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Hi,

Agree with others. There are occasional exceptions, but a horse should be the same or better after a trim, not worse. Unfortunately there are still those farriers/trimmers/owners who expect & accept a horse being sore post trim as a matter of course. That's generally an indication of lack of knowledge/error in their methodology.

Very nicely said! I comepletely agree!

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