Join Date: May 2012
Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands
I know there is no one size fits all in farriery - but there is some criteria you have to use, right? How else do you ever know how to trim? If the horse has neat feet and good, straight legs, what I said should be your criteria, I'd think. Besides that, it's something to work to, not something to immediately change every foot you see to, that's a recipe for disaster.
My horse is toed in in the front feet, and in the sale examination done before we bought him, the vet who did it said not to ever correct the toed in stance, probably because his legs are grown like that, and not just the hoof.
The thing I wonder is - how exactly do you see the horse has a 'bad' conformation, and it's not a previous bad farrier/trimjob? What exactly do you look at to know whether you need to correct it or not?
As for the rest of the discussion above, it's really too bad there's so many idiots out there, and I mean in every profession, not just farriery or trimming. Our previous farrier trimmed my horse way uneven and made his wall crack, besides putting shoes on him that didn't fit well, which made him loose them 3 times in the pasture, which basically took his whole hoof apart. To 'cure' it he resected the whole cracked part and just shod it again, without doing something about the unevenness that caused it in the first place.. It put the whole hoof and my horse out of balance (he was tripping quite frequently, until it grew out enough to give him his support back).
Listen to your horse and he might just return the favour!