Given this set of facts.
Horses that are unridden, pasture puffs or broodies,
Have good hooves, no issues, definitely don't need shoes,
No special care or treatment is needed.
What would you think of the following options,
The owner trimming alternate to farrier visits, so 6 weeks owner,
12 weeks farrier, then 18 weeks on owner again.
Or the farrier trimming twice a year and the owner trimming in between.
Maybe you think that people shouldn't have horses unless they are trimmed every 6 weeks by the farrier.
* Just to be clear this is merely a discussion question, prompted by the comment I read recently that "a bad trim is better than no trim*
**Bear in mind that some people are struggling more than ever before with cash flow issues,
And also that there are some people who live in remote areas,
So it can be difficult to get farriers to attend regularly. **
I think IF
the owner educated themselves on how to do a proper
to, and rather than, just deciding to rasp away,
Then I have no problem with the owner doing their own horses feet on occasion, or even routinely, between farrier visits.
As far as whether the horse is a broodie, or pasture puff, etc.
I DON'T think that should have ANY bearing on proper, and TIMELY, hoof care.
I also don't agree with the "bad trim is better than no trim" philosophy
I do agree with the sentiment of 'no hoof, no horse' since all domesticated horses, confined by humans, need routine farrier care.
Since they are not in the wild, they lead a completely different lifestyle to that of a wild horse,
Those type horses who are on the move daily.
I think if someone is struggling financially with caring for multiple horses,
They need to re- evaluate whats best for the horse, and NOT themselves,
And perhaps, sell, give, loan, or lease out, some animals so as to not risk proper care of the animal