I've tried many farriers for my horse with little to no success. The only decent one I had moved too far away to work on him anymore. I thought I had finally found another one, but he's gone MIA. The last I heard from him his dad's health was failing and that was a little over months ago. I've tried getting in contact with him to see if he's back to work, but I get no response. In the meantime, I've been trying everything I can think of to find another farrier. Well, 3 weeks ago I was really desperate and had the barn manager's farrier trim my horse. He'd done it once before when he had shoes and my horse lost a shoe for the first time in those next couple of days. He did a terrible job, but I was desperate. My guy is now barefoot and I figured this guy was better than nothing, right?
Well, now I'm in a real pickle. It's only been 3 weeks, but his feet are awful. When I say awful, it looks like they haven't been touched in months. They're chipping worse than I've ever seen, they're heavily flaring on all 4, and his club is in bad shape. He's incredibly short-strided now on that club and is landing toe first all around. He's also developing lameness now, and it's either his club or the opposite back leg because it's only really noticeable when he does a strong trot. I've tried calling 3 other farriers (1 being a barefoot trimmer that my trainer uses and recommends) with no response from 2 and 1 said it's too far to go for 1 horse. I even said I was willing to pay whatever trip fee he wants to charge. I'm that desperate. No dice.
I finally got back in contact with a different farrier that I had used before, but wasn't too happy with his work. This guy does much better work than the guy who just trimmed my horse, though. He won't be able to get out until *maybe* Tuesday. I don't know what else to do for my horse. I'm supposed to have a lesson, but it's not doing either of us any good and I don't want to risk doing more damage with his feet like they are. I'll be taking pictures the next time I'm out for visual purposes and seeing the terrible shape he's in.
I can't find a single farrier who *might* be decent who is willing, under any circumstances, to come out to where I board. I can't trailer him to anyone. I don't have a trailer and can't take off that much time from work to go during the day, even if I hire someone local to transport him.
There are no farriers, or even barefoot trimmers, I can find online or by word of mouth that are willing to travel to my area and who are competent (and I haven't tried yet). I thought about doing it myself, but with the club foot I just don't feel like I would do him any favors at all. I'm also very limited on time, which impedes my ability to even attempt to do anything myself.
I'm at my wits end. I have no idea what to do anymore! I feel like my 5 year old horse is going to end up with serious health problems and all I can do is sit back and watch.
Any other ideas? Any suggestions at all?