So a farrier came out yesterday. His opinion is that he can pull his shoes and make the hoof look a little better and put back on the shoes and charge me $75 bucks, or he can wait until the hoof has some regrowth and work on the entire hoof and begin fixing the problem for the same $75 bucks. He is of the belief that my horse is sound and in no immediate danger. I opted for the second...I mean, if he is sound and in no immediate danger, I see no reason to just throw away money.
He also put front shoes on my daughters mare. My original farrier (the one that made a mess of my horses hooves) has never trimmed her, only put front shoes on her (we haven't had her long). After that, she ended up having a limp and after soaking her for a few days and giving her bute, we realized that we'd have to pull her shoes. So we did and before the day was up she was walking normally again. While the newest farrier was replacing her shoes, he realized that she had a busted area in the side wall of her hoof that he believes came from an improperly placed nail :roll:. He said she had really good feet other than that.
While he was there, I asked him what he thought of the job our other farrier was doing and he said he doesn't like to talk bad about people. Before he left, I told him about my friend having taken her horse to an equine lameness specialist and that's how we found out we had a farrier that was doing a bad job on our horses feet. I told him that I don't know how we would have ever figured it out that we had a bad farrier had our friend not gone to the equine lameness specialist and that it'd probably been when a couple got lame at the same time. He said, yeah probably when a lot of them where lame and there was no fixing them
. Makes me regret entrusting my horses very foundation to an idiot, thankful that, hopefully, we found out in time and smarter so that in the future I won't just merely trust that someone is doing a good job on their end of the care of my horse.