About 3 months ago (2 trims) I switched farriers. Previously I had been using a "barefoot trimmer" and my mare's hooves chipped only very very rarely with her. However, my mare was also super ouchy on gravel and the trimmer basically refused to work towards a solution. So I got a new trimmer, a "real" farrier, who came highly recommended.
This new guy has trimmed my girl twice (the last time was about 3 weeks ago) and I'm not sure what I think. My mare seems really comfortable on her feet, not ouchy at all on gravel - even right after she's trimmed (the major issue before), BUT she's now constantly hitting herself with her hooves in the back and she constantly has fresh cuts on the backs of her front pasterns from -I assume- forging. Her hooves are also "super" chippy right now, which they never, ever, were before. Chipping was something that just didn't happen.
I can also see some hoof bruises working their way out on her front left and her back right (the two hooves that are taking the "brunt" of the "abuse" - aka, being kicked the most) and bruises were extremely rare before.
She is also basically blind so I'm not sure how much that might play into her interfering with herself... She had more sight when the trimmer was doing her (she recently went from 50-ish% blind to 85-ish% blind) so I'm not sure what to think about that.
She's also 27, if that makes a difference.
The trimmer had her on a 8 week schedule and this new farrier has her on an 8 week schedule as well...
It's becoming such an issue that she's actually acting sore pretty much all the time from hitting herself so often.
Anyway, since I'm rather unfamiliar with farriers and what's good and what's not, I figured I should ask you guys if all that^^ is normal.
Our previous trimmer was our trimmer for the entire 3.5 years I had owned Lacey, when I let that trimmer go, so I have no experience outside what she did.
I've heard that upside down bell boots can help with interfering...can I put them on all 4 hooves because the back fetlock/pastern areas are in the same, or worse, shape as the front pasterns...?
Also, the other kind of strange thing is that she has major cuts on the inside of her back right pastern/fetlock, but the cuts on her back left are on the outside. I figure it probably has to do with her placing her feet weird when getting up due to her blindness, but I really don't know. She appears to get up normally when I see her get up, but that doesn't mean a lot.
Here's an album of pictures, if you'd like to see what I'm trying not to panic about... I labelled them with that foot they each are and I tried to put them in a easy to understand order... haha
These hooves are 3 weeks post trim. I ride mostly on asphalt, gravel, and cement so they certainly aren't coddled!
Hoof Pictures.. Normal?