Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: East Midlands, UK
I know this is a bit of a "No-no", but...
I was just wondering, well, I have a gelding on a 2 week trial before I commit to the buy (so I get to take him for a test drive as it were, in my home environment, so he can get used to it - I dunno if you do it across the pond very often - kind of like a 2 week lease and if I'm not happy I get to have my money back)
My problem is, they were meaning to get his feet done before he came to me, but their farrier bailed last minute, so his feet still need doing now. They aren't terrible and aren't really too long, but he has front shoes on, and one is a little loose (a bit "clangy")
Now, my farrier's terrible to get at short notice, and the only time he can get is Friday 5th July. This poses a problem, as this is the day when I have to decide does he stay or go!
In the 2 weeks I have him I wanted to ride him and take him on a few short trail rides... but I'm worried about his shoe! It's not bothering him and he's not lame; and it's not noticeably loose or hanging off. All I want to do is walk him on roads, and do a few short bursts of trot and canter out on the trail... but is that a terrible idea with his shoe?! I have no idea what to do as I really need to try him now before I have to make a decision.
Thoughts? (I know this is a far from ideal situation... but it is barely loose, just a little noisy when taking a step)
*Also, just to note, I don't have my nippers any more to take them off, besides, I wouldn't feel really comfortable taking them off myself.