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post #31 of 40 Old 06-08-2011, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Always- why do i sense animosity? I am here for the same reason you are. to share and get advice. I dont think i have insinuated that i dont like him. I simply am telling you all what my friend told me. as she is worth her weight in gold with knowledge.
I emailed the photos, have not heard back yet. I didnt ask him to come out, i simply explained what was going on. Good business is, he should have offered to come correct it. IMO.
But please if you dont have something constructive to say, you dont have to say it at all. I am asking for opinions, not attitude.
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post #32 of 40 Old 06-08-2011, 10:40 AM
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I didn't get that vibe from AB, LetAGrl. I think she's just trying to help you realize that there's nothing wrong with switching farriers...you have no obligation to keep this guy. Obviously your horse's feet have changed since he trimmed for you, so if you feel very concerned, then go ahead and see if you can find someone else to come out and take a look.
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post #33 of 40 Old 06-08-2011, 10:42 AM
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Thank you, Magaidh.


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Good business is, he should have offered to come correct it. IMO.
See, I do not agree with this.

I am guessing you are not the only one who calls up this farrier to ask questions about their horse.
If your farrier, on his dime, went and visited every question he would never get any real paying work done. (And he would not be available to do your horses feet when you need them done.)

If you feel your horse truly needs attention from your professionals then you have to tell them that.

Simply saying "Dobbin has flares" does not mean, "I would really like it if we can schedule you to come out sooner to look at what I think is a problem with Dobbin's feet. I am willing to pay you a farm call."


The way I read your post after post, saying how everyone else says this farrier is doing everything wrong is that you truly want an OK to be able to change farriers. Sorry if that is not what you meant. That is just how I read it.
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post #34 of 40 Old 06-08-2011, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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I sincerely apologize if I was incorrect in the tone. Thank you for clarifying. I think what I'm actually searching for was to see if anyone said that this is a trimming issue and that the farrier is good/bad. I would prefer to keep the same farrier as you build a repor after a while. But i also have no problem keeping my animals health first priority.
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post #35 of 40 Old 06-08-2011, 11:02 AM
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Always- why do i sense animosity? I am here for the same reason you are. to share and get advice. I dont think i have insinuated that i dont like him. I simply am telling you all what my friend told me. as she is worth her weight in gold with knowledge.
I emailed the photos, have not heard back yet. I didnt ask him to come out, i simply explained what was going on. Good business is, he should have offered to come correct it. IMO.
But please if you dont have something constructive to say, you dont have to say it at all. I am asking for opinions, not attitude.
I have had the impression all along that you want someone to say - OMG how horrible! Change farriers!

The photos you finally posted show hooves in need of a trim and file. Period.
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post #36 of 40 Old 06-08-2011, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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As we have all learned today, impressions can be wrong. I wasnt looking for that at all. But if they need a trim after 2 weeks, i think i got my answer. Thanks
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I wouldn't let the flare go for too long because they can cause other problems that are harder to correct. I've never heard of hooves flaring because it's so dry though. Flares can be caused from different things. It was hard to tell but it seems the flare is worse on the outside edge, so perhaps due to how the horse naturally moves more weight is placed on one side, which could be due to a bad, uneven trim or it could just be the way the horse naturally travels.
Cracks are usually caused when the hooves are too wet, not dry. A dry hard hoof is better than a wet hoof. Hoof conditioners are ok but a good foot comes from the nutrients, not a hoof conditioner. Feeding a biotin hoof supplement can help a lot.
If the foot was flared before the trim and the farrier didn't correct it I would definitely get a new farrier out.
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post #38 of 40 Old 06-08-2011, 06:49 PM
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If they were my horses feet two weeks after a trim, I would be horrified. Most of mine can (They generally don't, but can) go up to 12 weeks without getting anything like your pictures show.

I would be educating yourself on proper hoof form/function and how a good trim *should* look, so you can decide for yourself if your farrier is doing the kind of job you want. Not all farriers are created equal!

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post #39 of 40 Old 06-08-2011, 07:21 PM
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It's funny you posted this because i'm having the same issue. My mare has always been at my house(i've had her a year, but i've had my other horse for 13 years) I've been using the same farrier for about 8 years with no problems. In April i moves my OTTB mare to my riding instructors barn to be able to work with her better. My normal farrier doesn't go up that far so i used theirs and now my mares feet are flaring and have surface cracks, they don't look as bad as your horse's tho. I'm half tempted to buy a rasp and have my normal farrier show me how to keep them in shape myself(I have a pretty basic understanding of how to do it as i've always asked lots of questions and had my farrier explain how and why he did something)...If i were you I would give him another chance and see if he improves, but i would probably have him come out sooner then scheduled. The farrier that did my mare does all the horses at the instructors barn and he does the horses at my neighbors barn and i don't like the way any of their feet look, so i'm not sure that i want to give him another chance, at this point i'm tempted to see how much extra it would cost to get my normal farrier to come up and do her lol
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post #40 of 40 Old 06-09-2011, 03:38 AM
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I maintain my own horses feet after doing some clinics, and get my trimmer out every 12 weeks or so to do a more aggressive trim and make sure I'm on the right track.

Works really well, and I can nip anything in the bud before it becomes serious.
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