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    05-24-2012, 08:25 PM
Yeahhh.. That shoe looks way to long for the hoof.
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    05-24-2012, 08:31 PM
It's certainly not the best job I've ever seen, but it doesn't appear to be the very worst either. The finish is lacking but the hooves appear to be balanced just based on the limited pictures.

Without before pictures, it is really hard to say whether he did a poor job or did the best job he was able with what he had to work with.

The hind shoes on the sorrel do appear to be a size too big, but he may have had a legitimate reason for doing that.
    05-24-2012, 10:00 PM
I have to wonder what was charged for the shoeing.

Just because a shoe has 8 nail holes does not mean it needs all 8 filled. 8 are to provide options. The clenches were just laid over, not under cut or even cleaned up. Watch grabbing this foot barehanded, and hope he never hangs the shoe in something and struggles enough to pull hoof wall off with the shoe. (too strong a clench head)

Can't tell on fit because there are no solar shots. Fit is not easy to get perfect, but there's a difference in trying to get as close to it as you can or pulling the shoe outta the box and nailing it on. Given the lack of proper finish work, I'd venture to assume fit was lacking as well.

Foot also looks dubbed down to the shoe in some shots further suggesting fit may not be properly addressed.

Mark is much more knowledgeable than I.
    05-24-2012, 10:12 PM
Well looking back at the photo's it appears fit is poor as it appears the heels were left where the manufacturer put them. :(
    05-24-2012, 10:29 PM
Well, I certainly wouldn't pay for a shoe job like that. But, it's not the worst I have ever seen, either. :p
    05-24-2012, 10:34 PM
I don't get why that 4th nail was put in there. My understanding is that everything behind the apex of the frog is designed to move or flex. If you put a nail in the hoof beyond that point, you restrict the hoof movement to some point. Also not a big fan of how much shoe is left beyond the heels. Yes, some room for expansion is good, but my horse would step those off before the farrier was out of the driveway. Also without some sort of support under that underrun heel in terms of some type of wedge pad, the tubules will just continue to grow forward and keep on crushing if I'm not wrong. I'd put some bell boots on during turnout to be safe. The first two pics also show some overly aggressive rasping of the hoof wall compromising it's integrity. Looks like a poor attempt to fit the shoe to the hoof rather than the other way around. That's my take on it all.
    05-24-2012, 11:21 PM
Originally Posted by tanya    
I have had a guy coming out helping me with my riding fears so I have been trying to ride them more so I thought I would shoe them.
Why? Are they unsound? Are they going to be worked so much that you're worried about excessive wear? Have you considered hoof boots?
    05-24-2012, 11:26 PM
Good job except for the finishing. If this farrier invests more time in his finish work, he'll be in good shape! No gaps between the wall and shoe, nails are lined up well, they seem to be well balanced and even.

Something that scares me is those thick clinches. If a horse hangs a shoe, the nails won't straighten out as the shoe is pulled. So what does that mean? It means all the wall under those hooks will be ripped out. Very hard to put shoes on a horse after that's happened. You can have him punch new nail holes or buy shoes with different nail placement, but it shouldn't happen in the first place.

Also think of this scenario: What happens when a horse with thick, super-strong clinches over-reaches while you're loping along? One of 3 things....

1. Hind foot catches heel of front shoe and the shoe is ripped off, along with 3/4 inches of valuable horn

2. Horse bends one heel of the front shoe and horse spends the rest of the ride walking on one crooked high heel.

3. Shoe doesn't come off because it's secured TOO good, and horse can't recover (get his front feet up). He falls and rider gets skint up

Those feet could be really nice if they were cleaned up with a rasp BEFORE nailing on the shoes, then after the shoes are applied, go over them with a finish rasp or sander. The way this horse is done certainly won't cause lameness, it just cosmetics
    05-24-2012, 11:30 PM
Originally Posted by loosie    
Why? Are they unsound? Are they going to be worked so much that you're worried about excessive wear? Have you considered hoof boots?
OMG Loosie why do you want everybody to use hoof boots? Did you buy shares in hoof boots?
    05-25-2012, 12:11 AM
Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian    
OMG Loosie why do you want everybody to use hoof boots? Did you buy shares in hoof boots?
OMG Amazin, I asked if she's considered them. They are often a better option IMO, as you've no doubt noticed.
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