That was tearful
Yes to the plan but an addedum following "fire the farrier" would be "find a new and better qualified farrier". We've had that conversation a couple times, on here, and many of us agree the best doesn't always mean having a lot of certs hanging off their finger tips. The highest certified and best guy within 75 miles is who cut my horse too short, resulting in torn ligaments and the vet had ok'd him.
Meaning, I don't know what to say in terms of finding somebody new
Yes, that's the hard part. It seems like everyone and their brother are farriers, but even the ones with credentials can suck balls. It's hard to seperate the good from the bad ones...
Since Friday, I have talked to three different farriers -
- the one that did the trim (which is the one that most of the owners at the barn use) who said it's "normal" for Leo to be this sore;
- one that was coincidentally out this morning for another horse who said he couldn't really see anything wrong with the trim;
- one that is also a horse owner at the barn, who sighed when he heard the name of the other farrier and said "that's the problem right there". He was a bit too happy to offer his own services (he wanted to put shoes on), which I declined.
I couldn't locate a local supplier for EquiCast that's open on the weekend, so I will try the hoof boots / pads tomorrow, but we have the possibility to switch to EquiCast on Monday.
One of the signs of chronic low grade laminitis is lameness after a trim. As well my farrier who, as far as I'm concerned, walks on water (or at least he will when I get my phone call returned :P), is apt to rasping down the toe in a similar fashion on certain horses (including mine - who has always been sound with this farrier). So I wouldn't be so inclined to throw the farrier under the bus.
And with the "removing sole" bit. Sometimes it looks like there's lots of sole coming off, when in reality it's just the dead flaky stuff that is coming off. Or the frog getting pared. Or the bars. I'm not a farrier but it still looks (to me) like there's enough foot and sole left on. Also, I think it's tough to judge the trim without a "before" picture, or at least a clear front shot.
I don't know the horse, the farrier or the vet but I'm not seeing some awful trim job... Sorry just playing devils advocate. Maybe next time as well it would be worth it to have the vet and farrier out at the same time?? Or get the farrier to call the vet. My farrier and vet work very closely and will call each other, or I can schedule them out together and they'll pow wow over the feet (or talk about fishing lol). With a laminitic horse it is good to have the farrier out often, so in a couple weeks maybe try to rope the two into the same time slot?
Yes, I understand that there can be lameness after a trim. I would not consider this an acceptable level of lameness or "low grade" laminitis anymore though. It was low grade last Sunday when I first called the vet, but now it's pretty severe, including the typical posture, reluctance to walk and inability to turn, inability to stand on three legs (he goes down in pain), shaking etc. And that is WITH the bute...
I'm actually glad you are playing devil's advocate though, cause it is much too easy to yell and scream and get upset at people that have not really done anything wrong. I admit that I am quite emotional right now when it comes to the horse, so I try my hardest to be objective and friendly when I talk to people.
Unfortunately, I don't have any "before" pictures. His feet were quite long, as he was due for a trim.