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  • Why has my cob lost her front shoe
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    08-05-2012, 08:50 PM
  #11
Foal
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Originally Posted by SpiritLifter    
cmurdock...have you ever come up to Cook Forest to trail ride?
No I haven't but have a friend who keeps her horse at my place who was recently there an said it was a great time. I don't know if you are familiar with crooked creek or not but I became a member is year but the only thing is I don't have a trailer to gt my horse there lol.
     
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    08-06-2012, 10:20 PM
  #12
Weanling
As a farrier I would advise do not pull the other shoe . The reason is that then THAT foot may get chipped ,broken up or whatever, making it more difficult for the farrier to re-shoe two damaged feet instead of just one. Just protect the bare foot until the farrier can get there, unless he/she advises you otherwise.
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    08-06-2012, 11:39 PM
  #13
Weanling
I'm a convert from shoes to boots. A GOOD barefoot trim is essential for success.

I, too, had nothing but issues with shoes and later learned that I was a victim of an old farriers' trick of shoe-ing just as size too large so that my horse's hind feet would catch the edge of the shoe hanging out the back of her front feet. My farrier of the time received his fair share of shoe replacement $$$ between resets, let me tell you!

I have since educAted myself on the potential of hooves on healthy young horses and all of ours run barefoot.
     
    08-07-2012, 10:04 AM
  #14
Weanling
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I, too, had nothing but issues with shoes and later learned that I was a victim of an old farriers' trick of shoe-ing just as size too large so that my horse's hind feet would catch the edge of the shoe hanging out the back of her front feet. My farrier of the time received his fair share of shoe replacement $$$ between resets, let me tell you!
I have been a Farrier for thirty years and have never heard of that . Most likely it was just unbalanced, poor shoeing. The usual culprit with frequently pulled shoes is shoeing to the end of a front toe wit ha flat shoe, which delays breakover, and also leaving too tall of a heel on the front feet which also delays breakover. Or leaving too much heel on the front shoes, allowing them to be grabbed. In other words unbalanced trimming and shoeing, ,

As well most farriers I have ever known (including me) do not charge for replacing pulled shoes within a reasonable time frame of the shoeing.And the have tight schedules so it would be to their detriment to do anything deliberately to cause pulled shoes. It is a real PITA for a farrier.
     
    08-07-2012, 10:28 AM
  #15
Trained
Hemms, don't judge farriers by the goofball you had. My farrier doesn't charge for lost shoes between resets and he usually out the next day to replace it. He told me if someone has an appointment first thing in the morning, he might be late doing a replacement. I don't worry about appointments, he schedules my horses' himself, he doesn't need me there, the horses wait at gate for their turn with him, I just pay him a bunch of money for the whole year, he tells me when I owe him more or if I have a credit, this is the kind of farrier all of us should have. In the 20+ years of using this man, no horse of mine has ever had even a rock bruise, let alone an abcess, thrush, or anything nasty like that. My horses are used almost daily for trailriding, showing, lessons, etc.
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    08-07-2012, 11:56 AM
  #16
Trained
There are good farriers and there are bad farriers. Just because a horses throws a shoe does not mean you have a bad farrier. If it is repeated over and over, then either the farrier has a problem, or maybe the horse has a conformational issue. I am fortunate like Waresbear to have a great farrier. He keeps my girls in great shape, and if they do throw a shoe, he comes out and fixes it without charging. I call him to come out when I can be there; if I fail to call in a reasonable amount of time, he calls me.
     
    08-07-2012, 08:28 PM
  #17
Foal
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Originally Posted by Patty Stiller    
As a farrier I would advise do not pull the other shoe . The reason is that then THAT foot may get chipped ,broken up or whatever, making it more difficult for the farrier to re-shoe two damaged feet instead of just one. Just protect the bare foot until the farrier can get there, unless he/she advises you otherwise.
Thanks for your professional advice but as a farrier have you ever advised a customer to not shoe their horse for any particular reason because when I got my horse he was never shoed, and I honestly had no idea whether or not to get him shoed so I just did what everyone else at the barn was doing and got him shoed and have had nothing but problems since. Not only with his shoes, but his back knees havea funny bend to them and he now has an ankle issue.

Thanks again
     
    08-07-2012, 09:15 PM
  #18
Weanling
I totally agree with all of you... there are kooks in every profession, just as there artists that some of us are lucky enough to find!

Just wanted to present the perspective that not all professionals are necessarily what they project themselves to be. It's okay to seek second opinions or to simply advance your own education on your horse's behalf... going with the status quo doesn't have to be your answer. Seeking your own good fit will be to your horse's benefit.

If there's issues, there's certainly room for improvement. If my horse went from otherwise healthy to having direct issues with a certain style of trim, I'd be seeking a new farrier. But I've also found most farriers, and mostly men (sorry), to be very resistant to owner imput. I understand meddling know-it-alls getting in your way, but listening to your customer with respect and having a polite discussion on the topic isn't so difficult. I do it all the time with my (female) farrier. Of course, I did educate myself enough to successfully trim our horses for 2 years before I found a farrier I liked! So I'm not usually talking outta my @$$...
     
    08-08-2012, 08:17 PM
  #19
Foal
Farrier was out today and said he has a stifle problem. Has anyone had any problems with their horses stifles?

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    08-08-2012, 10:19 PM
  #20
Weanling
I'd look for a vet's opinion on that, or chiro... he wasn't having issues with his feet due to stifle problems before he started trimming him, correct?
     

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