Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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FWIW, those look like the balance side to side on my horse! Shame on someone "professional" to leave him like that.
LF: Gross imbalance side to side. Lay on the ground and look at how crooked your coronary band is. The heels are easy to see how one side is higher than the other. If he is trying to correct your horse, if he is over 2 years old-don't. That coronary band should be level with the floor. The shoes look a bit tight for a trim done 1.5 week ago. I would expect that more at 6 weeks. The shoes should go farther out in back to give support to the back of the hoof. However, if he pulls shoes, the farrier may have to shorten them, or you may have to resort to thick leather bell boot that cover the end of the shoe.
LR, same imbalance, must be corrected. The toe should come back, however you horse's hoof walls are thin and you may have to wait till there's thicker walls to do something, or put shoes on that are set back in front. A horse hoof supplement with biotin will grow out nice thick walls, but it will take months for the healthy wall to grow down to the end.
RF. Heels left too long. Toe has to come back. Put a straight edge on the front of the hoof and see that there's flare?. Side to side imbalance. Shoes too tight and short under heels.
RR. has one side higher than the other. See the bump holding up the heel on the side view? That is not good and he has plenty of room to reduce/shorten that. There needs to be more support of the heel by rasping away some of that . You can't rasp all of it away, but a good portion can come off. See the bullnose in the hoof from the side? It looks like the angle was lower than it should be to cause that, and he left alot of hoof and left heel to get her angle up. It doesn't work that way. And that arch relief should be just enough to slide a credit card thru. Look at the side views of the hind feet. You can see that they are not trimmed the same way. One has a large quarter relief and the other does not. RR looks like he didn't hold his rasp level and scalped the sides and tried to fix it by leaving that lump holding up the heel.
Interview another farrier, and without saying anything, see how much of that he says is wrong. If he mentions most of this, he may know what he's doing.
Full body: Your horse toes out. If your horse is older than 2, you cannot fix this without harming your horse. I have a farrier like that now, and now I have xrays to back up "don't fix her". He still needs to be balanced side to side, and front to back. This farrier is making pretty big errors.
What breed is the horse?
You are right for seeing something not right and posting these pictures. Good for you! Hot shoeing is great -from someone who knows what he's doing. This guy does not.
Last edited by princessfluffybritches; 02-18-2013 at 12:17 PM.