One thought concerning this thread. You may also want to include the amount of time for the shoeing,trimming,whatever. As well as 1/2 set or full set and mods/corrections needed.
Bnt, I didn't time the work but it was a half set and probably took about an hour and forty five, including time to weld up the bars. Standard half set will take me about an hour fifteen.
Pretty is as pretty does. I've show horses that need a quality finish. They get it and pay for it as well. I also have horses that walk directly into the mud from where I shoe. There time is of the essence and finish not so much.
It's rare that I'm in a "time is of the essence" mode. Horse shows between classes or if the horse is under sedation would be exceptions.
The cost of finish is built into my fee schedule. Doesn't matter if the animal will immediately walk off into a muddy paddock or into a show ring.
Doesn't change what the horse needs, but both make a difference to a given group of customers.
Horse owners are often unaware of the nuances of farriery. Sometimes, from their perspective, the only visible difference between two jobs is the finish quality. I do the best finish I can on every horse I work on and consider it to be part of the job.
Was there a reason you shorted the lateral heel? Did it have anything to do w/ toeing in on that foot? If yes, a bit more roll in the toe on the lateral side might be a good thing.
Shorting the heel suggests I didn't cover the buttress. I covered both heels. In this case, the medial heel is slightly jammed and the shoe is fit to provide equal coverage/support without excess leverage on either side.
Me, I just pull the shoe and don't worry so much where the frog is pointing if I'm not building the shoe.
Direction of frog point can indicate where the forces are being applied but it's an easily distorted soft tissue so I won't necessarily use it as a guide. I focus more on the capsule shape and symmetry.
Good points and questions Bnt. Post a few of your own to kick things off and encourage additional participation.