For the past several months after everytime my horses (we have 18) are trimmed at least 5 or them (sometimes a few more) are very sore when they walk for a few days after the trimming.
They are trimmed ever 6-8 weeks by routine. Its usually always the same horses who are acting sore. Does this mean my farrier is trimming them too short?
Or could it be something else?
Even of those particular horses have special hoof issues, then special care needs to be taken with them to prevent the recurring soreness. OCCASIONALLY even under normal circumstances a horse MIGHT get a little tender for a day or so after a trim, especially with recent envirnmental changes (lots of rain in the days before for example) or if the horse just shed off a thick layer of dead sole in the trim. But when it happens repeatedly, it is usually farrier fault. OR the horse has something else going on like sub clinical low grade laminitis, or internal issues with his coffin bones. Even the most conservative trim can set off soreness in feet lie those.
I have asked him in the past to not trim them so short, especially their heels but he did the "I am the one who went to farrier school, not you" gig.
Heels DO need to be trimmed short. leaving them is not in most horses best interest Now if he is whacking heel off CLUB feet, that is a different story. Nearly always when a horse is sore after a trim it is from something done wrong in the toe, not the heel. And not all farrier schools teach the right things.....in fact very few do.
Is it normal for horses to be sore after trimming for a few days?
Like I said, OCCASIONALLY it happens to the best trimmers and farriers, but should not ever be repeatedly. And especially not after you have told him the horses got sore the last time. And with his attitude he deserves to lose a client.