Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Sevierville, TN
Alot of trimmers started off out of necessity. Me as well years ago. I got tired of paying for crappy work, lame horses, undiagnosed deep sulcus thrush that was laming my horse...you name it I've been there struggling through it. I went through the first stages of NO SHOES! EVER!...Now im past it all and just in it for the health of the horse, his soundness long term and the the fastest road to recovery. I still don't use metal shoes just because I cannot Do "farriers stance" thanks to a bad back and I don't want to lug around all that iron and a forge etc etc. I also believe that metal DOES fatique limbs just like my hard soled clogs or thin soled shoes standin on concrete. I feel rubber is vasty better in alot of cases but metal has its place also. I stay with the alternative materials, rubber shoes, casting, boots etc.
But my point, we all start somewhere. We all start with that feeling, This isnt right, there has to be a better way. Once you open the door, its impossible to go back to blindly trusting that someone is doing it correctly and you will forever be a critic and a questioner. That's a good thing! I think most horse owners should be educated enough to do a basic trim on a normal foot. JMO. If they can tell a healthy foot with a proper trim, an unhealthy one will stick out like a sore thumb and make them seek answers. All the better for the horse!
Married to my One! 10-11-13 Steampunk style:)