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post #21 of 26 Old 09-22-2012, 09:13 PM
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I haven't read loosie's comments yet, but I don't like it. Looks like he's trying to make the horse's foot fit the shoe rather than the shoe fit the horse. Guessing he doesn't hot shoe (only because the farriers I know who hot shoe end up with jobs that look better than that).
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post #22 of 26 Old 09-23-2012, 03:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Sharpie View Post
Guessing he doesn't hot shoe (only because the farriers I know who hot shoe end up with jobs that look better than that).
Most I know of don't hotshoe & I don't think that's a factor in the job, except that perhaps people that do hotshoe are more likely to have bothered to do some good training, so perhaps less hacks that do it.

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recomend getting rid of those shoes all together. check out Pete Ramey hoof rehab.
glad your getting another farrier.
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Just out of curiousity how long have those shoes been on?

In general 8 nails are not needed but some farriers think they are. As someone else mentioned they tend to be the ones I would avoid. All 8 nails means is that if the horse does pull the shoe a whole lot of foot goes with it. Quite often 4 nails will do but 5 or 6 is more common. Depends on the shoe and the horses job which is more appropriate.

As regarding the shoe recommended. It is the trim under the shoe that is the most important thing. A plain wide webbed shoe will be as good as anything if the trim under it is good. The suggested shoes should not necessarily just be put on every horse. They have a lot of extra breakover built in and aren't appropriate in all situations. Ask the new farrier if he thinks something like that would help your horse.
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I'll definitely be discussing all of this with my farrier, so thank you all for the suggestions. I'm wary of going barefoot but open to the idea.

No, he does not hotshoe. The only farrier I know of around here that hotshoes was ours for 20 years until he retired. He was excellent.
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post #26 of 26 Old 09-23-2012, 10:35 AM
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Bad shoeing job, yet not the worst I've seen. The worst I've seen is from my ex farrier, Joey Patterson. He ALWAYS cut the horses hooves way way WAY to short. It made my horse hardly able to walk.

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