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    06-04-2013, 01:00 PM
Green Broke
Shoeing critique

I need some opinions on this shoeing job. I love my farrier dearly however I am starting to wonder if he's slacking off because he is so freaking busy. Mare has been over reaching lately and ripping shoes off which is not like her. I am considering switching to the other farrier in my barn.

Both farriers do hot shoeing, my current farrier does "natural balance"

Front Right, which is the foot I have the most problems with.

Front left(which I apparently forgot to take a front on shot of, will do tonight)

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    06-04-2013, 01:03 PM
Green Broke
Currently she is barefoot in the back

Back right:

Back left:

(please ignore the fact she is "sprawled" in the back, she had just spooked at the hose lol)

    06-04-2013, 01:06 PM
It almost looks like her front right is shorter on the outside? Alnost making it look like she toes in.

Then again, it's probably the photographer <3
    06-04-2013, 01:08 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by busysmurf    
It almost looks like her front right is shorter on the outside? Alnost making it look like she toes in.

Then again, it's probably the photographer <3
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    06-04-2013, 01:11 PM
Originally Posted by NBEventer    
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Oh, let me count the ways...

Ummm, WHO reminded you to take the pics IN THE FIRST PLACE????? Hmmmm
    06-04-2013, 01:17 PM
I have never seen that kind of shoeing job before, severe square on the fronts, over hang & snubbed as well, new to me. I don't like the heels at all, to me shoeing like that encourages contracted heels, but I am not a farrier so I could be wrong. The trim at the back looks like toes are a bit too long. Personally I would have gone with clips on the fronts and not left so much empty shoe hanging out the side. But again, I am not a farrier so your farrier might have a reason for it that I don't know of.
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    06-04-2013, 01:21 PM
I don't know much about shoeing, so I hesitate to say anything. I can say what I SEE, but don't know if that is a good or a bad thing, so can you forgive me if I say something stupid or obvious to a knowledgeable person?

The front shoes seem wider than necessary, and though they are set back, with a large "mustang roll" on the front, the overall angle is maybe on the low side. It does not seem to match the pastern angle well. I think you can have a snubbed off toe and still have a hoof angle that is too low/long.
The backs of the show seems to almost pinch the frog, but again, I really am only stating what I see, not knowing if this is normal /desirable or not.
If the front angle is too low, this might slow down her break over and cause her to clip herself from behind.

I also notice that both back feet seem to have a slightly convex shape to the hoof; a kind of "hump" to it (viewed from teh side). What does that mean? If anything.
    06-04-2013, 01:22 PM
I'm no farrier but it looks to me like the pastern & hoof angles don't match.
    06-04-2013, 01:24 PM
Green Broke
That is what I am thinking too Karen. It just doesn't look right. She was done 3 weeks ago, she is on a 6 week schedule.

This is a few quit shots of a horse the other farrier does. She was done about a week ago. I can get better pics of this one if need be. I just got them quickly.

Front Right:

Front Left:

Back Right:

Back Left:

    06-04-2013, 01:25 PM
Just looked again, heel angles on the front are way different, by many degrees, I really hope that is the camera angle! Maybe that's why Ephy is pulling her shoes off?
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