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post #1 of 40 Old 06-07-2011, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Hoof Flares- jsut trimmed

So I noticed yesterday that 3 of Coopers 4 hooves are flared. I used a new farrier recommended by my old one just 2 weeks ago. Is this due to a bad trim or something else? Ive never seen this on him. I dont want my new farrier to come back out if he is the culprit.

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post #2 of 40 Old 06-07-2011, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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You can see it on his back left hoof in my picture post where he is saynig hi at the fence (scroll down to larger photos)
A month off, and back in the saddle- *Pic Heavy*
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Flares usually happen over time, not in one trimming session. They can be caused by a number of things such as uneven or improper trimming, poor hoof quality due to living conditions or diet, or just long hooves in general. Do you have any photos?
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you can kindo f see it on the back right
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Your farrier should be working at removing the flares. Depending on how badly they flare it could take a few trims to get rid of them. That or find someone else.
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Hes never had flares before. These just appeared. one hoof is cracked 3 are flared
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If they are that recent I'd talk to your farrier. He should be able to trim them back. You might need to trim again in four to five weeks to keep on top of them while the stretched white line grows down to tight hoof wall again.
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post #8 of 40 Old 06-07-2011, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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But what i guess i reallyv want to know is.. should i find a new farrier or have the same farrier back out?
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It is impossible to tell anyone about your horses feet from those photos.


Please clarify, this farrier has done your horse's feet how many times? I read once.

I would give this farrier another try. Call them up and explain your concerns and go from there.
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I'd ask him about it and see what he says. AB's right, the photo is not that helpful, but if you're really concerned I would get the flares trimmed as soon as possible to prevent them from worsening. It's good that you are able to see these things in your horse's feet. Keep learning what a good trim should look like. That way you can continue to evaluate this farrier's work with your guy's feet and make a decision soon whether or not to move on and find someone else.
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