Second Time trimming my own horses. - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 6 Old 05-05-2014, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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Second Time trimming my own horses.

I'm learning to be a farrier. I'm only 17 but a local farrier is going to take me on as an apprentice when I graduate. I actually taught myself from reading books and youtube videos after our farrier retired. I then spent about 10 months trying to other locals and was unhappy. One guy was very rough, he didn't ask for the hoof, he just yanked it up and unbalanced my senior gelding to the point he fell over. Another lamed three of my five horses. Another came out once, and wouldn't answer his phone after. So I decided to learn myself. My vet thinks I'm doing pretty good. He says since Harley was limping badly after the previous farrier cut him wrong, and he is now back to riding 5 mile trail rides several times a week I'm doing something right.

This is my second attempt at trimming. So critique away.


Harley is a 9 year old Paint who toes in quite badly. I'll get better pics tomorrow. A storm was blowing in so I only took a few quick ones from above.




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post #2 of 6 Old 05-05-2014, 02:16 AM
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Hard to see in these photos.
Wonderfull you want to be a shoer.
Try and get as much Hands On experiance from this shoer.
If he/she cannot recommend a good Farrier School contact the America Farriers Association for a listing and see what the schools have too offer.....mostly HORSES!!!
You learn by doing and if the school can not offer you horses to work with then you are not going too learn much no matter how talented you are.
Amigo Farrier retired.
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From what I can see it looks good. Just don't try to "correct" anything. Respect the horse's natural conformation and you will do fine. (It looks like you are doing that).
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Hiya,

Can't really tell anything from those pics I'm afraid. Check out the link in my signature below for a page which shows what's needed for critique pics. Check out the other link for some more info to learn from. Are you aiming to keep your horses barefoot? Do you know the differences between conventional farriery principles & what is often called 'natural trimming'? I think peripheral loading(walls carry entire horse) vs full hoof loading is the big diff.
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From what I can see it looks good. Just don't try to "correct" anything. Respect the horse's natural conformation and you will do fine. (It looks like you are doing that).
Well done from what I see! I'd also like to see pics based on Loosie's link.

I so agree with Trailhorserider. If I said anything it would be repeating what she said.
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Well done from what I see! I'd also like to see pics based on Loosie's link.

I so agree with Trailhorserider. If I said anything it would be repeating what she said.
Me Too!
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