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    06-24-2013, 08:27 PM
I agree w the other posters, the backs do not look as bad as the fronts and I, too, do not understand the reasoning behind the excessive rasping all the way up on the fronts. The position of the shoes relative to the hoof wall looks "carefully done" and thought out, but it is what is above the "bottom" (I.e., the rest of the hoof) that I am not sure about. Perhaps if I heard the thinking behind it - I could follow the reasoning. Shoe or no shoe, the front toes are still flaring out "forward" , but then again the shoes are positioned "behind the bevel" so as to speak which I am guessing was designed correct the position of the break over. But, I am not a professional. I don't think these tootsies would have been the easiest "challenge" to address and would have taken stages either way (barefoot or shod).

It could be the photo or pigment or just my imagination...but does she have blush rings right below the coronet band? Just curious.
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    06-24-2013, 08:34 PM
Well, I would have expected more. He had /has a whole lot of hoof to work with, he could have done a lot more than he did. I don't see that he did anything better than the first one. I'm not sure if your horse needs all that support with that new shoe. But it's good it's giving better breakover.

My reasoning with the front feet is that without taking enough toe off (or back it up), the ski lift shape will just get worse. I would think a professional would set those feet up for positive results.

The shoes won't hurt him. My other concern is that the hind hooves look too straight on the insides, and with the flares on the outsides, it's just going to make it real easy for the inside walls to curl under.

Those hooves won't fall off or anything. It's just that I don't see anything he did that was heading towards a better hoof. And it looks like your horse has good hooves that just need some tweaking and rebalancing, side to side on the hinds.
    06-24-2013, 08:39 PM
Okay thanks for explaining further! I'm definitely happier with the changes but you are right in that I REALLY need to further educate myself.

If anyone is near East Texas/West Louisiana and knows of good farriers let me know. We need to find one that will continue to help my horse's feet out instead of make them worse.
    06-24-2013, 09:16 PM
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    06-24-2013, 09:17 PM
Green Broke
I'm think the random rasp marks is from him filing off the clenches. As for the job, it could be better, but I think you're better off more than you were before. I'd back that toe up more and bring his heel down a bit(slowly, as too much at once can strain his tendons) but it takes time. With him being shod, you need something to nail to. Saying that, it probably would have been safe to take off some more toe.

I don't much like his hinds at all. Unbalanced like the others said. If you're going to rasp all the way to the water line on one side, why not do so on the other side? Just a bit confusing as balance should always be on a farrier's mind.

Where is he being moved to? I'm in Texas about an hour south of Houston if he'll be anywhere around that area.

ETA: Ignore my typos :/
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    06-24-2013, 09:40 PM
Near Benton, LA. I've found a few farriers' numbers but I'm flying blind at the moment haha!
    06-24-2013, 09:56 PM
Green Broke
Too far for my farrier to go! I hope you find a good one. And when you do, DON'T LET GO. They are worth their weight in gold.
    07-24-2013, 11:16 PM
Updated hoof thread, please let me know what you think!!

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