Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Spring Hill Florida
• Horses: 0
Hi. I really do appreciate the comments. Lots to think about and reply to.
There's a few things that are hard to see. I don't say anything to him, except we've discussed whether a coffin bone should be level. I don't measure anything- I just noticed that with my finger, I can feel the hoof wider than the shoe by about 1 mm ( to explain). Most farriers I know leave a shoe a bit wider than the hoof for expansion. Most farriers I've had have trimmed her heels level/coffin bone/live sole level side to side. Not him. He uses a T-square on her crooked legs to line up her feet. Ends up trimming her so that her coffin bone is not level.
He's had plenty to work with-he's been doing her feet for a year. Barefoot til now. He has been leaving the inside higher to correct conformational faults on a 12 year old horse . Her knees face out , not straight ahead.
I don't want her confirmation fixed by leaving one side of the hoof longer than the other. (correcting confirmation by making her coffin bone lean to one side?)
Based on xrays I had done to get my point across, xrays show a level foot, level coffin bone, when trimmed level, heels the same height. (My trim) If he leaves the insides higher (mostly around 1/8 to 1/4 inch) her coffin bone is NOT sitting level . Her confirmation has always been "interesting" legs attached to perfectly level coffin bones. Isn't the goal normally to get the hoof level on inside/outside?
How many owners want their horse's heels higher on one side?
I will say he's the only one who's gotten her foot a much better angle toe/heel than others.
Kayella, she has always had very nice feet and thick walls.
Can anyone see that the higher inside walls have caused a flare/bulge on the insides?