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post #11 of 16 Old 05-23-2013, 02:08 PM
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Id start with Pete Rameys basic principles. Watch the 10 disk under the horse series just to get an idea. Then id look into ELPO. Even trimming, you need to know how to map the foot. Its imperative to learn the markers and how to trim to them. Pete doestn show you how to figure out hoof ratios. Just how to do a very basic trim. Not enough info from his stuff. Mapping is the key.
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post #12 of 16 Old 05-23-2013, 06:37 PM
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Skip the AANHCP ...if you don't do it THEIR way, ... Plus they will have you spinning your wheels
Sorry Endiku, forgot that about them... all came back to me with Trinity's post... tried to have a discussion with them years ago & it was almost as bad as talking to some redneck farriers - felt they just wanted to have a go at me for daring to question & not just accept their beliefs.
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^ ditto that! I don't buy into any method that say their way is the ONLY way. Bad mojo.

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post #14 of 16 Old 05-25-2013, 07:30 PM
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I might think about finding a farrier that has a plan on how to get her to be the best she can be.

Pete Ramey is totally right about this: If you do maintenance on a shorter cycle, problems seem to correct themselves quite a bit. And it's not by doing it all at one time. The hoof actually shows you when to proceed.

In the meantime, you'll have plenty of time to learn all about hooves, and learn from tapes and books, and also learn by what your farrier is doing.
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I'm definitely looking for a farrier who might suit her needs, who has experience with this kind of thing. I'm having a hard time finding a decent one though. I don't trust 3/4 of our farriers to do my mini mare's fairly decent hooves, much less try to rehab an older mare's hooves. Its insane!

So that's the issue. I don't want to learn from what the farriers around here are doing, because 90% of them, at least, do it wrong and I don't want to learn wrong from the start. I'm currently looking an hour or two away from me to find some clinics to attend though, to at least get myself started with knowledge. I'm also looking at a few DVD series, and perhaps some books.

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post #16 of 16 Old 05-25-2013, 11:00 PM
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I hear you loud and clear. I've been thru 4 down here already. And it's not me. My farrier up north did my horses for 19 years. I've learned a lot from poor farriers as well. Not to do what they did.
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