Critique my farrier (Lots of pictures) - Page 3

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health > Hoof Care

Critique my farrier (Lots of pictures)

This is a discussion on Critique my farrier (Lots of pictures) within the Hoof Care forums, part of the Horse Health category

Like Tree8Likes

LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-12-2012, 08:28 PM
Duh, I meant to say it falls to his low foot side which is his strong side. Don't know how I managed to flip that.
Sponsored Links
    07-12-2012, 08:31 PM
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Yes! I got one right! I bet you've been through a lot of farriers. They all do it differently and so far this guy is doing for you what worked best for me. You can only do so much to change the shape of the feet. There is always going to be that 15 degree difference there. All you can do in context of shoes is what the farrier did, set the shoe back under the low foot to even out the breakover.

Just keep an eye on the underside of that high foot. Ideally the farrier should be knocking that toe back so the foot doesn't continue to stretch forward. That frog looks like it's barely touching the ground which will make that foot more prone to heel pain since the cushion on that foot is weaker since the frog doesn't come into enough contact with the ground.

As long as the hinds keep that nice wide bulbous heels bulbs and huge frogs, you'll be in good shape back there.

Loosie and Amazin, I never heard about that mane thing. In my horse's case, it doesn't fit. It tends toward his high foot side, which is neither his strong or favored side, but falls to both sides in most places which also makes no sense for a classic high/low. I'm done trying to train it to one side or the other. It can stay where it wants.
When he had the 15 degree imbalance he was lame as lame gets (so actually no we don't want the imbalance!! And no it won't always be there as he is sound and within 3-5 degrees now). It was right after a trim and reset and I had half a mind to call the guy and ask him who his drug dealer was. Immediately we had radiographs, shoes pulled and re-trimmed and the horse on laminitis preventatives as well as complete stall rest for three weeks until we could get some corrective shoes on. I then had to get a farrier that understands the mechanics of the feet and did not just trim off the same amount from each foot (as drug smoking farrier did - only took two trims to get to a 15 degree imbalance!). My farrier now tries to keep the toes on both feet in check (especially the runaway left front) and has totally addressed his LF crushed and severely underrun heels. He focuses more on having a healthy LF through corrective trimming and shoeing and maintaining the high hoof, rather then trying to even them out (previous farrier's great idea) or ignoring the hi/lo altogether (previous, previous two farriers including drug smoking farrier). He also measures the feet and records them, my horse has had the same toe length for a while on the RF and after messing around with it we've found a measurement that works. It's still almost a quarter inch shorter than the LF. Any shorter and we end up with imbalances (ie 15 degree, lame horse making, imbalances).
He is also turned out on dirt and worked in footing that both pack the feet so IMO gets as much contact with the frogs and soles as is possible with shoes and an excessively high foot. We don't have gravel really, so my farrier recommends actually not picking the feet out everyday when it's not muddy which helps.

And yes, his mane does fall on the right side towards the base of his neck, but the top of his mane goes on both sides equally and I think a lot of that is due to my RMT and treating his TMJ - which is extremely common in hi/lo horses!
    07-15-2012, 06:14 PM
Alright, I've just gotten back from having my horse's feet done. I only had a chance to snap a few pictures, but here is the finished product. I can take more pictures tomorrow if anyone wants them.

A front view (he was standing toed out on the RF - try as I might to get him squared up the outside was far more interesting!)

LF solar

RF Solar

And then today my farrier pointed out to me some things he is seeing in the LF that he would like to try to correct this winter, I've summarized on this photo:

There are red lines outlining the problem areas, I've put them on the bars of the hoof and the areas where the hoof wall thins and weakens. I also put arrows to show where the nice, thick hoof wall on most of the hoof starts to thin out (just behind the widest part of the hoof).
The bars are quite bent and the hoof wall is quite weak, my farrier is saying this is worsened by as the hoof grows out, it grows out and forward, mostly toe, and takes the shoe up with it. He pointed out the very healthy frog on this hoof, and mentioned this is because of all the weight bearing it's doing.
He suggested what he would like to try come winter and the end of show season, I would like to see what the other farriers on the board would do as well. I really like his plan, but more options/discussion is always a good thing!

    07-15-2012, 10:44 PM
I like these shoes. Looks clean and well done to me from what I can see.
    07-15-2012, 10:59 PM
Yeah, you really found a good farrier. Feel free to send him down to Connecticut some time. I wonder why that 4th nail on that one side?
    07-15-2012, 11:18 PM
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Yeah, you really found a good farrier. Feel free to send him down to Connecticut some time. I wonder why that 4th nail on that one side?
He loves to travel so don't say that too loud lol :P

I don't know but I feel like there might have been some cracking on the quarter of that hoof? I'll look tomorrow.
Posted via Mobile Device
    07-16-2012, 02:16 AM
I've not had to shoe anyone since I moved to Canada, but maybe will have to in future.

Just wondering, in the UK it is usual to have a single clip on front feet and 2 clips on the hinds, is that not the same here?

Nice looking job there.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New Horse and Old Horse Critique, Lots of Pictures tcb5040 Horse Riding Critique 6 07-20-2011 01:04 PM
critique my mare :) lots of pictures. bellatink89 Horse Riding Critique 35 04-28-2010 03:30 PM
Critique Donna please!!!--long and lots of pictures! eralcx3 Horse Riding Critique 21 01-24-2009 11:02 AM
Critique my riding with Sonny :) (lots o' pictures) SonnyWimps Horse Riding Critique 28 07-06-2008 11:50 PM
Horse Symposium (lots of pictures and I mean LOTS!!!!!) SonnyWimps Horse Talk 6 04-05-2008 10:32 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:22 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0