New Farrier keep or fire him?

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    02-08-2013, 08:41 PM
Question New Farrier keep or fire him?

Ok have a new farrier he was here feb 5th to trim my horses liked him but he didnt fix the under run heels. Did fix flaring and shortened up toes but I don't like his thoughts on heels.He said they should match the angel of shoulder that doesnt sound right to me. He did fix my daughter horse with pigion toes last farrier had him straight by having one heel higher then other. This new guy took down his heels and got them level. He has him standing better unlike last farrier had him standing on outer edge of hoof walls. Daughters horse is crooked legged that's the reason for pigion toes.So my question is do I keep him or send him packing. I can do my own horses if need be. Once riding season starts I know they will need shoes I know I could do hoof boots. Not sure I want to go that route not sure I want to keep new farrier either.Can get pictures if needed but they would be after trim no before trim were taken. Pics would have to be done tomorrow as it is dark here now. I just want a good farrier iam tired of having to fire them. This is number 5 on the farriers I don't like fireing them but will if need be.
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    02-08-2013, 08:45 PM
Im not a shoeing/farrier expert but if you're having doubts about the new farrier I would get a second opinion! Last time I thought "maybe its just me and farrier knows best" my horse got messed up and I wished I had gotten more opinions sooner :(
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    02-08-2013, 08:52 PM

Originally Posted by Poneigh    
im not a shoeing/farrier expert but if you're having doubts about the new farrier I would get a second opinion! Last time I thought "maybe its just me and farrier knows best" my horse got messed up and I wished I had gotten more opinions sooner :(
Thats why iam on here asking I plan on posting pictures tomorrow iam having a hard time getting a good farrier.
    02-08-2013, 08:53 PM
Green Broke
Pictures would be good.
    02-08-2013, 08:57 PM
Ugh I feel your pain there! I had trouble finding a good farrier too...i don't know what area you are in but I know where im from there arent too many good ones and they are all booked up! Hopefully you can get some pics up and some of the hoof gurus can help you out until you figure out your farrier situation!
Good luck!
    02-08-2013, 09:00 PM
Um, correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't fixing underrun heels usually take more than just 1 trim?
    02-08-2013, 09:09 PM
I'm thinking underrun heels can't be fixed in one trim by any means. I'm also thinking that angles need to be adjusted gradually. Expecting an immediate fix I don't believe is practical. But you CAN get a second opinion on the work that WAS performed to adjust the hooves long-term. That's my thought.
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    02-08-2013, 09:18 PM
Green Broke
If he had to fix long toes and flaring, then that is probably why he didn't do a lot to the heel as well. If you take off too much too fast, and from too many places, you run the risk of having a very sore, if not completely lame, horse. And if the horse has true under-run heels, you are looking at months to fix, not just one trim.
    02-08-2013, 09:22 PM
Green Broke
Really need picts. I understand your frustration. I've had the same problem.
I gotta agree though that under slung heels, and angles aren't going to be fixed in one trim. It may take several trims depending on how bad they are, the horse, and how often they are being trimmed.
    02-08-2013, 09:29 PM
He's wanting to match the heel angel to the shoulder angel iam thinking that's not right.

So if that's the case the heels won't ever be where they need to be.these horses are riden hard come riding season. Those hoofs need to be done properly. Iam not expecting maricals here I just want the hoofs done right.

Iv been dealing with poor farrier work for too long.

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