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post #1 of 14 Old 06-13-2013, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Farrier advice

Hi everyone!

Since I bought my horse, I have been through 3 farriers and asked each one of them to help me bring the toe back and correct what I (and others) see as an underrun heel on the front (shod) feet. All of them have more or less done the same trim job, and I still have underrun heels and looooong toes!

I would ideally love to go barefoot, but due to the horrible footing on my property I don't want to do that--and have been advised against it by a few barefoot trimmers.

So, I'm on the hunt for a better farrier yet again, but I don't know a ton about feet. Can anyone tell me what they think of the feet in this ad and if you'd let this farrier work on your horse? Thanks!

Balanced Shoeing/Natural Barefoot Trimming (Farrier Services)
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-13-2013, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone? :)
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post #3 of 14 Old 06-13-2013, 11:58 PM
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If I had been through 3 farriers, I would give that one a call for sure, prices for full set of shoes are pretty cheap.
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His work looks pretty good don't see under run heels or long toes. Wish I could find a good farrier been through 7. All 7 left long toes and under run heels......
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How long have you had the horse? Did he have long toes and underrun heels when you got him? Did those 3 farriers only get a trim each?

Underrun heels don't go away in one trim, it takes a few. Long toes can go either way..gone in one trim or brought back over a few trims.
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If you ask me I don't like them. Look at his nail holes. Most of them are all over the place let alone some are way to high. I don't see any signs for him to do that. I could understand if there was a crack or damage to the hoof wall. By the pictures it also looked like he dubbed off the front part of the hoof.
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post #7 of 14 Old 06-14-2013, 10:27 AM
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Angles are different on each foot. Too much shoe hanging out around the edge to be caught by a hind foot and ripped off. Clinches are high/low all over the place.

Not very experienced would be my guess.

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How long have you had the horse? Did he have long toes and underrun heels when you got him? Did those 3 farriers only get a trim each?

Underrun heels don't go away in one trim, it takes a few. Long toes can go either way..gone in one trim or brought back over a few trims.
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He came with his underrun heels and toes. I've had him for over 6 months, and yes I realize that almost any change in the hoof takes quite a while. They've split the time about evenly and I see how they're trimming-- it is not to affect the length of the toe. Taking off wall won't do the trick.

Also, I saw pictures of the hoof posted on their website-- I think the horse might have weak pasterns. In a squared up photo the hoof/pastern angle was even! FYI. :)

Thanks for the advice!
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His work looks pretty good don't see under run heels or long toes. Wish I could find a good farrier been through 7. All 7 left long toes and under run heels......
Bah! That's my nightmare, but man can I sympathize! :( Best of luck!
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post #10 of 14 Old 06-14-2013, 01:51 PM
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What I would do is go to the farriers website. I live up in prescott, Not to far from you. I have a great farrier. A local cop who does farrier work on the side. I use to have a farrier that I got off the site. It lists everyone that has been proven a good farrier and gone to take the TEST.
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