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post #11 of 18 Old 07-19-2013, 11:03 AM
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FWIW and not mentioned by anyone is the toed out horse will likely remain toed out. That is a rotation of the leg that comes from well above the foot.

Agree with everything else said. BTW a farrier needs to have the strength to use nippers of something else if they cannot use nippers. The amount of rasping needed is large for draft horses.

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post #12 of 18 Old 07-19-2013, 11:04 AM
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Please post some after photos of your horses feet when you get an experienced trimmer/farrier. Would love to see them when they are looking normal and healthy...
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post #13 of 18 Old 07-19-2013, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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The farrier will sometimes actually make my boyfriend use her nippers because she gets too tired out after like 1 hoof. She hardly uses a rasp after trimming. Doesn't take much off.
I'll definitely post some pics after! I appreciate the help so much! Confirms everything I thought was wrong with their feet.
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post #14 of 18 Old 07-30-2013, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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New Farrier - Picture Updates!

The new farrier came today. He was so patient and explained things to me very well. He told me that their feet weren't horrible, but could use some work. So he rasped the toes to help bring them back some. He also rasped the perchon's hoof on the outside to help with the small surface cracks he was getting. (Look at the fourth picture and you can see how it started to help smooth his foot too instead of it having divit.) He had to trim a ton off the percheron (almost an inch) even though the old farrier had been out 2 weeks ago to "touch them up." He actually knows her and was her farrier until she flipped out about the price to put pads on their feet, which was just the price of him purchasing the pads, not even doing the work. He also explained to me that the crack in the perchon's hoof will never actually grow out because dirt gets worked up into the very small crack, which is only big when it gets toward the bottom. He said the only way to really get rid of it is to cut it out, which would be expensive and possibly very painful for the horse. He told me to just keep an eye on it and make sure he doesn't favor the foot or start limping. The old farrier was convinced that she could trim it out eventually. I feel like he knows his stuff pretty well and was good with the horses. Here's some picture updates. Think they're looking better??? (I apologize for the quality of the ground they're on and the picture. I know they're not great pics again....)
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post #15 of 18 Old 07-30-2013, 04:11 PM
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They look great! Especially photos #5,7,8,and 9.. Isn't it a good feeling to have the feet looking so nice. Just keep up with the trimming every 6 to 8 weeks, {or whatever you can afford. I do mine about every 8 to 10 weeks, but I have own tools and keep them touched up between Farrier visits.}.. and his feet will remain looking nice. You might want to buy a "Trail Rasp".. They are small rasps with plastic handle you can carry with you on the trails in case he gets ragged on the edges of the hoof. Or just to keep around the barn to do touch ups when needed. you can find them on line... Anyway. They really do look good!!!!
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post #16 of 18 Old 07-30-2013, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Deej! I think they look sooo much better! I was so happy! When he started to rasp the toe back I literally told him that I was so relieved to see him to that since she never did before. He literally stopped working on his foot, looked at me and was like "are you serious?" haha So it was good :) My dad has clippers and a rasp, so we may borrow the rasp from him to do some basic touching up if we need to. We have another appointment for in 6 weeks. :) So happy
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post #17 of 18 Old 07-30-2013, 10:09 PM
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I agree with most of the above comments definitely find a better farrier and get some hoof heal to apply liberally at least once a week. You were right to be concerned. Good luck on your search. It took going through a bunch of so called farriers before I found one that not only does a good job but shows up when he/she is supposed to.
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post #18 of 18 Old 07-31-2013, 01:36 PM
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Super improvement. Glad to know someone knows what they're doing. Those horses have beautiful feet and now it comes shining thru!
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