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    12-09-2012, 01:46 PM
Originally Posted by Missy May    
When I was forced to do my own mare's - I grumbled for the better part of the first 5-6 months, I felt like a complete "imposter", worried that I was doing more harm than good. My farrier and friend initially gave me a "lesson" on her own horse and kept telling me "you can do it", and gave me the items to "get started". I felt like I'd been thrown to the wolves, really. No matter what training materials I read/watched, I still wished someone else could do them (my mare goes from compliant at liberty for me, to "get lost, you!" for any farrier, yet is great for the vet, go figure). Then, one day I it was like, "am I actually enjoying this? No, can't be, banish the thought!" B/c I am so slow at it, and her feet are hard as steel, if I get really busy I'll feel "overwhelmed" trying to keep up and return to wishing someone else could do it.

So, hang in there!!

Btw, I still feel like an imposter...but thanks for the compliment, that was nice of you to say!
This is exactly where I am at with Fayde. I read all the posts here and I have a pretty good mental picture of what they should look like, and constantly compare them to my "ideal" mental image. At first I worried that everything I did was going to mess up her feet badly, and would wait longer than necessary between trims. Which just made it that much more stressful, because then I had to correct everything I let develop.

Now that I've started feeling a bit more confident, I find that I'm enjoying it, and I am constantly touching up this little place or that, so I never really "have to do her feet" anymore because I keep up with them.

Just give it time and practice. It really is a wonderful reason to spend more time with your horse.
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    12-09-2012, 02:36 PM
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 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!
    12-09-2012, 05:18 PM
Well, something interesting happened. Yesterday, I rode my horse on my trim a week ago. Seems like she gaited good and stretched out nicely on a loose rein.
Mr. Farrier felt my trim was too low on the inside, and reduced the outside to where the inside is about 1/4 inch higher. I think she's off. TWH nod. The nod was high then low, and one foot landing heavier than the other. I will go back tomorrow and ride again to make sure. And take pictures.

What I can't understand is that if my horse was jammed up on the inside (by other), and I thought I was working that out (me), why would a hoof higher on the inside help?

So if she is lame, then he'll have to come back. Sometimes ya might just know your horse pretty well.
    12-09-2012, 08:31 PM
Originally Posted by princessfluffybritches    
Mr. Farrier felt my trim was too low on the inside, and reduced the outside to where the inside is about 1/4 inch higher. I think she's off.
While there is more to it & the usual ifs, buts, etc, if you follow the sole plane regarding wall/heel height, keep them well maintained, this will *allow* the hoof to change & become more balanced *if* it needs to be. Often a lot of imbalances - like 'club' feet for eg. Come from upstairs, not in the hoof anyway - that's just the product of the body issue. So *generally speaking* I don't believe in 'correcting' these issues, but working with them & trimming in such a way to *facilitate* but not try to force good balance.
    12-09-2012, 10:42 PM
Am I missing something here?
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    12-09-2012, 11:06 PM
Green Broke
I sympathize Missy. I got started for similar reasons.
I trim my one girl's feet, but her hooves are pretty normal. I've been having the trimmer come out for the other one because she started having hoof problems last year.
Turns out because of her confirmation, her feet don't hit the ground level. I was trimming the foot the way I thought it should be trimmed instead of reading the hoof, and the frogs were starting to shift over because of that. Since my trimmer started doing her feet regularly again, the frogs have shifted back, but if you were to hold the hoof the way you did in the picture it would look like it was high on the inside.
    12-09-2012, 11:48 PM
Flytobecat, interesting story. Farrier says that she needs her feet trimmed so that they straighten her leg (?). I just wonder what happened to equal length, LOL
    12-10-2012, 12:18 AM
Originally Posted by princessfluffybritches    
Flytobecat, interesting story. Farrier says that she needs her feet trimmed so that they straighten her leg (?). I just wonder what happened to equal length, LOL
Ooow. I'd be nervous about that statement, too. Unless I felt someone were a true expert, x-rays in hand, I wouldn't want them trying to "trim" to straighten anything above. If the trouble were pigeon toed or something, they might have a point for slight differences in height....but a leg? Hmmm.
    12-10-2012, 01:19 AM
^Yep, unless the farrier has rads in hand, a good bodyworker working with him & the horse is very young - front legs are 'closed' by about 1yo, I wouldn't like to allow him to go 'straightening legs'.
    12-10-2012, 01:26 AM
Green Broke
Just for the record, OP my guy wasn't straightening the legs. He was leaving the inside longer because that is the way her hoof would normally wear.

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