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        06-01-2010, 06:13 PM
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        06-05-2010, 03:58 AM
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    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.
         
        06-05-2010, 04:25 AM
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    ....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.... 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.
    Yep, unfortunately this is so common. Don't beat yourself up over it tho - you can't learn what you don't know you don't know. But this is why I keep repeating myself & think it's so important that people do their own research & learn at least the principles & factors which effect hoof function & soundness for themselves. I think our whole society/era is conditioned to have rather blind faith in 'experts'. The tide seems to be slowly changing, with the 'information era' but it often tends to take some depressing lessons to learn not to trust experts & to do your research yourself on the subjects that are important to you.

    My old donkey for eg. Had been on permanent pain killers for years, for 'arthritis' in his knees. I'd consulted a number of different 'experts' and about all they could agree on was that his feet were reasonable 'for a donkey'(when I expressed worry a couple of them said it was just that I was too used to looking at horses hooves) and that his lameness was incureable & that it was time I put him down.... before I happened upon some info which made me doubt the 'experts' & start a huge learning curve.

    The first huge warning bell was to have asked my first teacher what donk's feet were supposed to be like & she said 'a hoof's a hoof'(I know that's discounting minor differences). Well among other problems, my donk's hooves were actually 90 degrees at the toe and narrower diameter at the ground surface as at the coronet!! He also had foundered so badly without any 'expert' noticing that he actually had sole penetration in both fronts by the time I started learning better!! Well, he at least was sound & enjoying life again for the last decade, but he ended up dying young(34yo) of heart failure, possibly due to the long term meds he was on when 'incureable'!
         
        06-05-2010, 05:26 AM
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    Thanks for the post. You are so right. I have certainly had blind faith in my farrier. Even when he told me something was wrong with my horses knee, I believed him....didn't even have the vet look at it. He said it was no big deal as long as I keep him shod on time. The more I think about it, the stupider I feel. I have even thought before after the farrier left, that he sure didn't take much off. So many red flags, and I didn't even question it. I won't make that mistake again though. I am making every effort to educate myself. I would very much appreciate it if you guys could take a look at the next farrier job I have done. I want to make sure I am on the right path and I don't trust myself right now to do a good job in determining what his feet should look like.

    Thanks again everyone for your help and support. It means a lot. It has been difficult to admit all of my own mistakes in this situation. I have really needed and appreciate the guidance.
         
        06-06-2010, 08:30 PM
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    Originally Posted by sandy2u1    
    Thanks again everyone for your help and support. It means a lot. It has been difficult to admit all of my own mistakes in this situation. I have really needed and appreciate the guidance.
    Most of us have been there. Yes, it's easy to feel bad about it, but while the saying's "ignorance is no excuse" I think it's a very valid excuse, when the professionals we employ & trust don't even know better, so how can we learn from them. But now many of us have learned we're - & they're - ignorant, so have made an effort to change that - that's great & you should be feeling great about that - at least you're not doing the head in the sand thing, like many do.
         

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