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post #1 of 5 Old 08-05-2014, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-06-2014, 02:48 AM
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Hmm, sounds like he didn't go so easy after all! If your horses all have... cankles & lame, I'd be ropeable, especially if he won't get back to you & personally consider getting a good vet & sending him the bill! Not sure about the shoes, I wouldn't think, if angles & such are the prob, that they'd need to come off, but it's possible that their prob is he quicked them all...
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-06-2014, 03:37 AM
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Bummer, to bad we couldn´´t see the Before & After pics.

Do not quite understand how he changed the angles? you mean he put wedges on the shoes? Raising the heels should not cause a problem.

Ask any women what happens when they like too Cat Walk in Pumps during he week-end then have to pay the price on Monday when they slip on their everyday flatties!
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^Sorry but don't ask me ~ don't even know what 'too cat walk' means(new fangled trendy term?? 'trendy' still used these days??), what 'pumps' are & can't remember how high heels felt(aside from uncomfortable) from my teenage years ~ got over them by 20yo... tho Cuban heeled riding boots lasted a while longer! Might have to ask a girlie girl!
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-06-2014, 06:37 AM
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Maybe one of the other Girls can explain as I have never had that trouble...but do remember the X when she had a hard time getting out of bed come monday morning, it was called "benskeninflamation" the front of her legs from the knees down were stiff and felt like they were on fire when she tried too stand flatfoot.

The Point being if the hosre is high in the heels going on the toe and then cut down i would expect some soreness and maybe some swelling along the back side of the cannon bone.....but not if the heels are already low and then have been elavated.
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