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    11-23-2011, 12:33 AM
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Sounds like we found the same farrier! My farrier shoes the hi/lo like yours does with a slight tweak. He leaves the shoe on the low foot set slightly back (1/4" or so) while leaving the shoe on the high foot in the "normal" position. I can't believe what a change such a small adjustment made.

I agree that matching feet is wrong. If anything, that was my first experience as a first time horse owner that I knew I need to self educate a bit because that information sounded dead wrong.

I've been reading a lot about hi/lo's. I'm still trying to decipher if the situation can be completely nulled out by addressing the compensating factors that started it to begin with. Sounds like we should start a hi/lo thread.
I am of the belief that it is how foals graze (with one foot always forward) that determines hi Lo.. some horses are just more prone to it.
The thing that's made the most difference (other than my godsend of a farrier) is shortening the trim cycle up to every 4 to 5 weeks. My farrier himself said he would love to be able to come out and reset the shoes once a week but with all the nail holes its just not possible. The less time the horse has spent uneven, it seems the less unevenly his feet grow. Maybe when he's ready to retire he will be ok on a normal trim schedule!!
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    11-23-2011, 01:01 AM
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    11-23-2011, 01:10 AM
  #23
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I always get the impression that many farriers are divas. Look at them wrong and they are just "too good" to trim your horses.

Really, I can understand farriers avoiding problem horses. Shoeing horses is hard enough work and dangerous enough even with nice horses. But barring problem horses, I do think many farriers lack business skills. Maybe the occupation attracts more than it's fair share of drifters with poor people skills or something.

I have been trimming my own horses for probably 15 years now. I started out shoeing them, had some health problems, would have loved to have paid a good farrier, could not find any I thought did a decent job in my rural area, and then just decided to try barefoot and haven't looked back. It works for me because I can do all the trimming myself, whenever needed, and just use boots if I ride with friends in rocky areas.

But I really feel for all of you looking for good farriers because I would have liked to have had that option at one point and couldn't find a good one either. Luckily my health has been holding up for me to do my own trimming.
     

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