For the past several years, my fmaily has used an old family friend to shoe our horses. He had no formal professional training, and often left our horses hi-low, or with short heels and long toe. I finally did my homework and found a reliable, professional farrier in the area that had a good reputation.
Saturday, he came out and shoed all three of my geldings, taking time to show me what he was doing and why he was doing it. I liked this! He took their heels and toes back up (they had been let grow out as I hadn't had the time to trim them.) He said he had changed their hoof angles a little, and didn't want to do too much at a time sinc eI had a show this upcoming weekend.
Now, it is Tuesday, and three of my geldings have puffy ankles, walk sorely, are clumsy or limp. I have tried calling him and have left him several messages and no reply. I am debating pulling the shoes off to see if that helps, but I really do not know what to do.
My horses obviously need to adjust to have their hooves upright again, but I am thinking he changed the angles too much at a time.
What should I do? I have them on bute to help the soreness, but other than that I am at a loss for thought.