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post #11 of 19 Old 11-17-2011, 06:16 PM
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I am not getting in the middle of "he said, she said" but I will say this:

While I don't pick all 16 hooves every single day, they get checked frequently.

I do sometimes find the teeniest pieces of gravel in my horses hooves. They can be wedged in the whiteline or waaaay down in the frog, as in underneath the dirt I just dug out

I do my own trimming and imagine my surprise when I have thoroughly cleaned a hoof, and suddenly hear the rasp hit something that is not part of the hoof; something that I could not see with the naked eye to save my Soul.

As long as horses walk in pastures, paddocks, across gravel, down the road, "over the river and thru the woods to Grandma's house", there will always be miniscule pieces of stone picked up, some how, some way. The End
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post #12 of 19 Old 11-17-2011, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you walk in the walk, I rally needed to hear that :)
Makes me feel alot better that they can get in there and not be seen. I don't want to seem like I don't know anything cause I know alot but always there is so much to learn as that is why I posted this thread, to get what othere people know. I am now hoof/farrier expert and had been dealing with my farrier with my horse for over 3 years, so I think got used to him and only him cause before that he had worked on my 2nd horse for 5 years and when I moved away 5 years ago the barn I went to I didnt really know the farrier and all that stuff, he did all the stuff without needing me to be there, the trainer then would schedual it and it would be done.

Thank you again everyone :)
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post #13 of 19 Old 11-17-2011, 07:49 PM
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If I were your farrier I'd be peeved at you, too.

She didn't do anything wrong, yet you deliberately went behind her back and had another farrier look at your horse's feet, even though the horse wasn't due for a trim and wasn't having any foot/leg issues.

If I did anything like that to my farrier, I'd be lucky if he didn't fire me as a client.

Your farrier is right; if you're going to undermine her authority and have no confidence in her abilities, then you should use the barn farrier. She doesn't need or deserve a client like that.
Getting a second opinion is going behind someone's back? Hardly. If you only have had one farrier work on your horse and you don't know what is right or wrong, how in the Sam Hill are you going to know what kind of a job they are doing. No, picking up a stone isn't the farrier's fault, nor do I think she missed on her last visit. A farrier confident in their work would not care if you had another farrier look at their work. Since she was so defensive, switch farriers just for that reason. I would.
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post #14 of 19 Old 11-18-2011, 12:09 AM
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I don't really understand your reasoning for thinking this could be your farriers fault. She last saw your horse a month ago, surely its possible to think that your horse has come into contact with a stone since then?
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post #15 of 19 Old 11-18-2011, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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Iv already cleared it up. I know my horse is in contact with rocks and pebbles.
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post #16 of 19 Old 11-18-2011, 12:19 AM
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Let me get this straight: Your farrier attended to your horse the week of October 15th, the 15th being a Saturday:

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Oliver got trimmed right before his move to my trainers barn (week of Oct 15th) Everything went fine and no issues, he ws getting turned out into a dry mud free paddock everyday so not soft or thrushy or anyting.
Then two and a half weeks later (today being the 17th so two weeks ago would be roughly the 3rd of November, a Thursday) a rock was found lodged in the front:

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Just two weeks ago ( or about give or takea couple days) my trainer texted me asking if I wanted Oliver's feet done cause her farrier was coming out that day. I told her he wsnt due till the end of the month but since it never hurts to have a second setof eyes look over his feet and tell me what he thinks, I told her if he had time to jus look at him and if not that was perfectly fine.

Turns out he had time and when he looked at his feet, he found a rock between the walla dn the whiteline in his front right toe.

A lot can happen in two weeks! To think of firing your farrier or blaming them in any way is absurd in my books

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post #17 of 19 Old 11-18-2011, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Again like I just stated....problem fixed everything sorted out
Thank you though
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post #18 of 19 Old 11-18-2011, 04:46 PM
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he found a rock between the walla dn the whiteline ... He took it out and it was so deep it left about a 1inch hole in his toe
I wouldn't be so concerned about a rock getting stuck in there, as I would about the cause of a big hole/separation that allowed room for the rock, because it wasn't the rock that caused the hole.

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If I were your farrier I'd be peeved at you, too.

She didn't do anything wrong, yet you deliberately went behind her back and had another farrier look at your horse's feet, even though the horse wasn't due for a trim and wasn't having any foot/leg issues.

If I did anything like that to my farrier, I'd be lucky if he didn't fire me as a client.

Your farrier is right; if you're going to undermine her authority and have no confidence in her abilities, then you should use the barn farrier. She doesn't need or deserve a client like that.
That's just irrational & unfair IMO. The OP owns the horse, so she is responsible for doing what she feels is best for it's welfare. Not just trusting blindly to whatever expert is at hand, but taking the opportunity for other professional opinions sounds like a smart, reasonable & responsible thing to do, to me. If the original farrier got her knickers in a knot about it, sounds like she was being unreasonably emotional.

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imagine my surprise when I have thoroughly cleaned a hoof, and suddenly hear the rasp hit something that is not part of the hoof;
Just surprise?? Mustn't have been a new rasp! Murphy's Law seems to dictate if this ever happens to me, it's always with a brand new rasp or newly sharpened knife... & then there are other things I feel besides surprise!
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post #19 of 19 Old 11-18-2011, 05:59 PM
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I think you did what you feltto be done, for whatever reason. It's not irrat want to have another farrier check out their horses hooves. It's just like getting a second opinion from another vet.My own farrier, I love him to death, he does great work on my horses, but I do sometimes get other farriers out to shoe/trim my horses to give me a second opinion on their hooves, and when I get my regular farrier back out, we address those issues. Of course, I make sure he knows that someoneelse did my horses hooves, and he's fine with it.Above all, the horse is yours and if you want another opinion, you are entitled to it and shouldn't have to explain your actions at all. The horse doesn't belong to your farrier, therefore she should just taken it in stride that you wanted another opinion for one reason or another and ended it there, IMO.
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