Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
I see no problem bringing it up if first:
Have you had an in depth discussion with the farrier(s)?
Does he put off plenty of sole? How are his walls? Is he flaring or have a conformational issue? Does he chip between visits? Any cracks?
A decent farrier will be able to point those out with a glance. IF he dosen't have any of these problems I'd talk to the owner about it, if for no other reason than reducing costs. Leave it up to the owner 100%, present them with your findings, then drop it. I would feel the same about nutritional practices, tack, teeth, etc.
I only shoe if:
A: there is a conformational or genetic reason such as naturally tender, flaring tendency, excessive chipping etc after all nutritional and trimming needs have been met.
B: can't keep growth up in relation to work.
C: work requires it such as sliding shoes or those for pulling and grip.
I've boarded several horses for family and friends, not leased, but I'll bring up any issue that I feel pretty darned sure about if it will help the horse or reduce costs. I'd also be pretty anxious if I was a boarder and had my horse out with one that was hind shod. Yeah, horses will be horses, but the impact with shoes is worse than without.
Post the photos! He could be a great candidate for going without or not.
You can get a lot further with a ladder than you can with crutches!! What do you mean what do I mean?