Thanks for all the constructive input everyone. I will get my farrier out again ASAP to see about addressing all these issues. Honestly didn't think her feet looked THAT bad :O and every time I asked the farrier he says yup her feet look good.
On a side note, as some of you are obviously professionals, how would you respond to an owner questioning your trimming? I think my farrier is pretty open minded, but any tips on broaching the subject with him?
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Firstly, if your farrier tells you her feet are looking good, I'd be reconsidering his knowledge & whether he was the one that should be doing the work. Of course, as we've discussed elsewhere here, a good farrier/trimmer is invaluable, but there are many areas where there is no option, or the best of a bad bunch is as good as you can find.
I personally feel that horse owners being educated is a huge issue, as you can't do the best by your horse(including working out which people you employ for them) if you don't know what's what. Ignorance & confusion is entirely understandable, but I feel is the biggest welfare issue - I think cruelty & negligence is rarely intentional, I believe people generally mean well & want the best, just don't know better. & you can't knock ignorance if people don't know what they don't know & no professional has ever bothered to inform them.
So.... I explain what I'm doing/seeing & why it's relevant, and enthusiastically welcome questions, comments, suggestions & observations by my clients(there's also the point that they can fill in details I may not see in a 5-weekly visit, that may be relevant to trimming specifics).
Of course, there are ways of saying things & if you were to ask me why I addressed balance in a certain way for eg & suggested that another way, different principles may be worth a try, I would happily consider what you said, explain why I do what I do... & don't do what I don't, and if I felt it did no harm, consider doing it your way.
But if you tried to just... tell me how to suck eggs, or order me to do something I felt was unhelpful or harmful for your horse, I would not be so accommodating & I will not do something I feel is likely to be harmful to your horse, unless under direct vet's instruction(yes, I've done a few things I was uncomfortable about, because a vet has expressly instructed it).