Yesterday the new farrier (yes, a legitimate farrier, haha) came out.
I very much liked how he was with Lacey, respected her age but also didn't let her bully him (she likes to be a passive aggressive jerk to her farriers - cocks a hind foot while the front ones are being worked on and "has to" lean on the farrier, etc, stuff she doesn't ever do with me, just farriers). She can get nervous if she's rushed or scared by whatever is happening but he was very respectful of her and she was a true lady.
I saw some things I wasn't sure about, like he did a little trimming on her soles to "give her hoof some more concavity to get her up off the gravel", he rasped her hoof walls a bit, and he did reference dampness causing softer soles - making horses more ouchy, like my previous trimmer said (and like you guys said was hogwash...), but overall I think he did a job worthy of $30...
Lacey seems very comfortable as well, I didn't see her sidestep off a piece of gravel (up by her feilds gate, there's a lot of small gravel and a few large gravel chunks) once today and usually she does it at least once while I'm there.
He was also super impressed with her hooves. He said that he hasn't see a horse with hooves as hard as hers in quite a while. He really had to work to cut her excess hoof off. Hah!
He did say that she has a small hoof bruise in her right hoof (the black front one) but he felt that with all the gravel she's ridden on, that was par for the course.
I forgot to ask him, but can you guys tell me how long hoof bruises are usually painful (I assume they're painful?) for? If I was going to pick a front foot that she was ouchier on, I would have to say that for the last month or two, she's been ouchier on that right front hoof.
I would figure, to encourage quick healing, I probably should keep her off the gravel until that's all healed up?
I'm so sorry but it totally slipped my mind to do "befores" yesterday. I can tell you that the flares left by the other trimmer were looking pretty sketchy.
I'll link to my Picasa album for her hooves so you can refresh your mind as to what she looked like after the last trim. This trim yesterday was about 4.5 weeks out from that other "shoddy" trim.
New trim (it's also in that album but I'll post them here too for those who might not want to have to go searching):
What do you think?
He said she has really great hooves and he wasn't worried about them really at all... ?
Also, should I be concerned at all about those little gaps between her sole and the hoof wall? I figure that's just flare growing out but I don't know, no one seems to be very worried about it? Just me...