Well, regardless of the farrier's talent or lack of talent, after an enlightening conversation with a friend wherein he came up, I don't believe he will be my farrier any more. And I still need someone to come out and trim them, so.... we'll see who I can rustle up, because I've honestly not even heard of another farrier besides the three I've mentioned.
Is there some kind of Better Business Bureau for farriers out there somewhere that I haven't heard of?
Also, in that same conversation, my friend mentioned somewhere in Cedar Rapids that fixed up her horse after it literally tore off a chunk of hoof. She's going to get some more information for me on that after she gets out of work, and I'll look into that for Magic's hoof.
I thank you all for your patience with me and the information that has been given. Please bear with me as I ask a few more.
Well there's a big part of your problem, that no amount of booting or otherwise is going to get around. Generally speaking IME, healthy feet shouldn't go longer than about 8 weeks at the very outside, while compromised feet should be done on average at least 4 weekly, if you want to see improvement.
We have been trying to narrow it down to having a farrier out every ~other month (for all six of the horses -- four have very good, solid feet, by my and my vet's definition of healthy) Tanner & Magic get to see the farrier "as needed" which ends up being closer to once a month.
Is that pretty satisfactory? It's common around here to only have the farrier out every 2-3 months, and not at all during the winter (unless, of course, an obvious need arises), and a lot of people around here know how to (or, well, say they know how to) do a "little trim", and I've had my uncle (a used-to-be very old-fashioned horsehoer) show me how to run a rasp, but I prefer not to mess with what I don't know enough about.
They have a lot of excess & while I don't know what this guy started with, so that is a factor, I'm still comfortable saying you don't know what constitutes a good trim if you're saying that. They wouldn't have grown that quickly, but re over fast growth, that's another possible symptom of laminitis.
He really didn't have much to work from. At all. When I bought them they'd not been touched for ~5 years.
My image of what a hoof should look like after a trim is something like this: ( this
) And all my other horse's feet are pretty dang close. So maybe I have a wrong mental image?
Good that they don't get grain, esp with the possiblity of metabolic probs.... but then you say Tanner does get grain, so presuming you have other horses that are 'they'. Mineral blocks unfortunately don't provide much in the way of anything, at least unless the horse actually munches them regularly & then they may get too much salt... I'd personally consult a nutritionist(independant of feed co), but I think it's at least a good move to give them a good quality complete nutritional supp.
I don't think I actually understood any of this. Can you clarify?