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post #41 of 46 Old 02-14-2013, 10:09 PM
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I can't believe a farrier stuffed her feet into those little shoes! I'm glad someone finally did right by you. And your trainer? She didn't notice? My trainer has the farrier on speed dial , LOL.

The current job looks good. He seems to have supported the heels, and left plenty of room for her hooves to grow. Your ex-farrier appeared to be working hard to lame your horse. Good for you to know something wasn't right and doing something about it.
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post #42 of 46 Old 02-15-2013, 03:06 PM
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Good for you!

There is a Vet in Ventura County: Charlie Liskey who also comes out to the Moorpark, Valencia, Canyon Country area. CALL him! He is a great Vet and a really good leg man. If Charlie isn't available, my Vet in the Antelope Valley is Wayne Marteny. He is excellent! There are alot of Vets that understand that that shoeing job was just plain awful, but Liability in California prevents them from expressing their opinions. I am not a Vet or a Shoer, but have 42 years with horses doing cutting, jumping, driving, and trails. The difference in the horses foot from the first pictures to the pics of the recent farrier's work are like night and day! Don't get on yourself for not doing something sooner. All of us have gone through a learning curve with our first horses. I think that your mare is REALLY happy that she owns you! I am so happy to see that your concern is for the horses comfort and not for your riding. Please post updates as you move this beautiful mare to real soundness. I'll also be willing to bet that your mare gives up the kicking business as her feet come into alignment and better condition. Good luck and GOD Bless dear........
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Horse update. She ran away from me yesterday. I know most would think that is a bad thing but if you could have seen her you would have been laughing. I put the reins over her head and took her halter off and she said "um you know, uh I don't feel much like working.... i want to run run run!!!!""" "Weeeeee". So off she went with the bittless bridle dragging on the ground and me trying not to visualize her killing herself and instead walk calm over to her, and away she went up hill on the grass having a great old time. I had to reward her ill behavior with carrots as that was the only way I could get her back. She'll be in trouble if she does it again but for now it was just so great to see her feeling that good. I can't tell you when I last saw her run.

A couple of hours later she was in the round pen and I was going to get her senior low starch diet with lots of water ready for her and I guess I wasn't moving fast enough because she was running, yes running the round pen corral rails nickering in this deep nicker that she does. She was running back and forth doing a sharp short turn at each end of the pen.

Okay also rude, but she feels great!!!! Later on in the day, more to the evening when she managed to open the barn door and take off, yes running again, I thought that maybe she just wasn't ready to be inside for the night so I put her in the arena and she walked all over. It used to be that she would just stand there and wait for me to get her out. She was all over the arena walking here and there. When it was time to go in I just got a carrot and she came with me back into her barn where I chained the fence and locked the doors.

If you only knew how great it is to see her moving around like this. Now I have a handfull of a horse again to handle. That is so great. She is so happy now. She is a brat but a happy brat.

Just wanted all to know she is doing well. I have to run now, down to the ranch and get started on some major ground work today.

Saddlebred345; I am not in that area. I am in east county san diego. But I sure do appreciate your help.

My horse is more of a friend to me than a means of entertainment. I love to ride, don't get me wrong, but her comfort has to be the #1 priority. If I couldn't ride her anymore I would be sad but not heartbroken as there is plenty of other things to share with a horse. There are people at the ranch that have told me I could ride their horses when mine has not been feeling well. The funny thing is that the couple of times I did, all I did was talk about my horse like an idiot saying things such as "Oh if only she was here......she loves grass like that!!" and usually I can't wait to get back to her.

Now my horse on the other hand is just fine with me riding other horses as long as she is fed.

Well off to ground work and manners.
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post #44 of 46 Old 02-22-2013, 08:49 PM
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Your descriptions of her running totally made me smile! I'm so glad everything has worked out!
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post #45 of 46 Old 02-24-2013, 06:30 PM
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so awesome :) she is so lucky to have you.

and to be honest - I'd do exactly what you did:

don't call the farrier back and definitely consider switching vets, but to be honest, I'd probably stick with the same trainer if you like everything else about him/her
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post #46 of 46 Old 02-24-2013, 07:40 PM
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Your horse is lucky to have you. Those look soooo much better.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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