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  • Horses feet all look like pancakes is it the farriers fault

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    12-29-2012, 07:27 PM
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Green Broke
Just a random question on trimming

So since I've switched farriers I've been comparing how differently the two have trimmed. My old farrier (who is a bit older himself as in his ways) use to always nip the toes, then rasp and 'clean up' the frog. My new farrier doesn't touch the frog at all. Or, atleast he hasn't yet and I've used him a total of 3 times so far. He uses the nippers but from what I've seen its only been on the fronts and he doesn't take off alot. Then he rasps and that's that. He doesn't nip the back hooves just rasps them.

Also, on my mare he'll clean up her front feet then apply the shoes and rasp around the shoe to kinda clean up the excess hoof that may hang over a tad, maybe? I'm not sure.

Ill have to get pictures of befores and afters when he comes again in 2 weeks.

Is it just a matter of preference? I love how my current farrier does my guys feet but I know next to nothing on farriery and the 'propers'...so to speak. I never had an issue with my last farrier and The only reason I switched farriers was because every had told me that my geldings feet didnt look like they were being trimmed right because he's got big ol' pancake feet. So I switched farriers and my new one told me they didn't even look bad
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    12-29-2012, 07:41 PM
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How often is he coming? If its every 2 week for both of them, he's likely just rasping because they haven't grown enough to really need trimming...
     
    12-29-2012, 07:55 PM
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How often is he coming? If its every 2 week for both of them, he's likely just rasping because they haven't grown enough to really need trimming...
No...he comes every 6 weeks
     
    12-29-2012, 08:02 PM
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Do you have any before/after pictures? Some of it is preference, but a lot just depends on how the hoof looks afterwards. Some horses grow differently than others but it is odd that the two farriers were doing two completely different things. Are you seeing any improvement with his flaring? (Or that's what I'm assuming it is since his hooves were 'pancakes')
     
    12-29-2012, 08:04 PM
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Pictures would help..but I've known every farrier to trim up the frogs and sole on every trim, maybe every other if the horses didnt grow too much of the frog. I've seen some Nasty frogs come from them never being trimmed up.
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    12-29-2012, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Endiku    
Do you have any before/after pictures? Some of it is preference, but a lot just depends on how the hoof looks afterwards. Some horses grow differently than others but it is odd that the two farriers were doing two completely different things. Are you seeing any improvement with his flaring? (Or that's what I'm assuming it is since his hooves were 'pancakes')
I like the way the new farrier is trimming him because he's giving him more heel but he even said its just the way his feet have and always will look.

I was just talking about more so the trimming the frog part. A friend said to me that trimming the frog is only good for when you have shies put on but nt for a barefoot trim. Not sure how accurate that is, though.

The frogs to me almost look a bit "long" cause I'm so use to them being trimmed.

I'll have to take before and after shots when he comes back out. I can get pictures of the frogs tomorrow though
     
    12-30-2012, 06:40 PM
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I have pictures of my mares frogs now. They're not that long but they haven't been cleaned up at all. Also, how do you think the frogs/foot look?




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    12-30-2012, 07:23 PM
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Has some serious long heels id say they need some trimming back..
     
    12-30-2012, 07:26 PM
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Yeah, I just realized they look super long. We've had constant battles with her heels as without shoes she walks crooked and wears it down completely. We had to put shoes on her cause she got white line and a price of her hoof fell off and she was lame. I'll get side pictures of them.
     
    12-30-2012, 07:33 PM
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Its not good to have that much heel they should be trimmed back to widest
Point of frog.
     

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