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post #1 of 5 Old 11-21-2011, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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farriers advice wanted...

i have been trimming my horses feet for alittle over a year now. i took a course and worked with a farrier for a year and still work part time with him during the show season.
i still have my farrier come out ever 3 trims to check everything out for the slight uh oh moment - which has not happened yet.

but i had a trainer come out this weekend and help me work with the horses. and she said that the hooves are to long... i trim to just before the wall and keep a symmetrical look to them. they all go barefoot.
my farrier usually does hunters and jumpers and prefers to keep more toe on them then i do. and i have taken it back more then he usually does which is still ok i haven't passed the wall.

but what should i do, ignore what the new trainer says or trim to the wall. they have never showed lameness or anything and it wouldn't be hard to go to the wall but is it necessary.. i like to have a safety zone/space. i never use the clippers i just rasp rasp rasp until i get it to where i like it.
i was always taught to keep a little space between the hoof wall and where you were cutting so you had some wiggle room. so now i am confused.
any ideas ...
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hahaha thank you. i needed that :)
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Yeah, perhaps there's a reason why they're a trainer, not a farrier. But as for the specifics of how far to take toes back, IMO 'it depends' is the only real answer to give without knowing specifics. Depends on form & function of the feet, depends on environment. There are virtually no hard & fast 'rules' of trimming that apply across the board IMO.
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loosie your right about that. i felt alittle concerned to her manner about there feet but i loved the way she worked with the horses. next time i will say something to her about it.
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