Originally Posted by AlexS
It's a technique from the dark ages to support the frog and heel.
This is even more bizarre. So the farrier is deliberately making a mess. I find that hard to believe. I am sorry, but I think it's more likely that he's making a mess of all the horses, and it's just that this horse looks so much worse as he had bad feet to start with.
It just doesn't make sense that he would do your horse ok, and do this job on this particular horse.
I think that's a lot more common than we realize
Remember that horse with laminitis that boards at my parents? She was trimmed...barely. Even after everything the vet said,the jack wagon still did one h*ll of a craptastic job on both the boarders horses.
I did some asking around, and I found out that he's not as disliked as I had thought.
His reputation has actually gotten better in the last few years. Quite a few people were rather surprised that he was doing (or not) what he was. A few stopped over for other reasons and saw his "handy work", they were SHOCKED!!
So for whatever reason, I'm inclined to believe that a farrier can do great work....on certain horses.