Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Small town in Kansas
• Horses: 0
Change of hoof angles too quickly
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.