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post #1 of 7 Old 01-07-2012, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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First time I've had their hooves trimmed and what he said.

Wanted to start by saying I was so proud! I've only had them 2 months and didn't really know how they acted with the farrier. My paso really doesn't like having his feet cleaned but he was awesome. Only 2 attempts to take his foot back and then he was fine.

Anyway, they hadn't been trimmed in about 4 months. The people I bought them from were broke and then they had a leg injury I was waiting to heal first. He said they looked great for going that long and that I would probably only need them trimmed twice a year.

Is it because they have the run of 40 acres? Part of it is pretty rocky.
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-08-2012, 12:28 PM
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That sounds like an awfully long time, but it could be correct depending on how much of the land is rocky.

I would definitely get a second opinion from another farrier, because that's such a long time, and hoof damage can occur without frequent trimmings. I would definitely invest in a second opinion.


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I also agree that's a very long time, but you might be lucky & your horses get enough movement over abrasive ground to self trim. I would also consider a second opinion and learn what you can of the principles of hoof health, so you know what you're looking at & can tell for yourself when they're due.

Even horses that self-trim can become imbalanced, depending on how they use themselves, so I'd be wary of this too - while they may be generally kept short enough, imbalances can worsen if left. If you would like any opinions here about your horses, post some pics & more info - the link in my signature will help you understand what makes for good critique pics.
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The one thing I wondered about and it I've seen discussion about is that he didn't take any sole out. Just trimmed and filed, that's it.

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I also agree that's a very long time, but you might be lucky & your horses get enough movement over abrasive ground to self trim. I would also consider a second opinion and learn what you can of the principles of hoof health, so you know what you're looking at & can tell for yourself when they're due.

Even horses that self-trim can become imbalanced, depending on how they use themselves, so I'd be wary of this too - while they may be generally kept short enough, imbalances can worsen if left. If you would like any opinions here about your horses, post some pics & more info - the link in my signature will help you understand what makes for good critique pics.
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The one thing I wondered about and it I've seen discussion about is that he didn't take any sole out. Just trimmed and filed, that's it.
I don't generally take any sole out, only loose dead stuff when necessary, which is not that common.
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I don't generally take any sole out, only loose dead stuff when necessary, which is not that common.
I second that... Its not technically necessary, but if you feel a need, then taking some sole off isn't a problem... You never know after 2 months though...
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Just read a discussion on natural shoeing and sole getting removed. Wasn't sure the necessity of it. Thanks!

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I second that... Its not technically necessary, but if you feel a need, then taking some sole off isn't a problem... You never know after 2 months though...
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