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    06-04-2013, 01:29 PM
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What scares me is my farrier is the farrier in our area. Everyone goes crazy for him. He is super expensive and high in demand. The "natural balance" thing is huge here. I have never seen it before him.

The other farrier used to shoe my horses when I was younger. I love him. He was doing Mare but she was always short stepping and off. I switched to this farrier and she was doing great until the last few months. I am finding his work has gotten rather sloppy. I don't know how to bring this up with him though without offending him.

Maybe I need to be there when he does her again? She is due the end of this month.
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    06-04-2013, 01:30 PM
Just noticed another thing, her FR, BL, BR shoes look like they should've been replaced. They look extremely worn.
    06-04-2013, 01:31 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by busysmurf    
Just noticed another thing, her FR, BL, BR shoes look like they should've been replaced. They look extremely worn.
She doesn't have back shoes? And the front right shoe is brand new! She ripped the FR off a couple weeks ago and I couldn't find it so he had to put a new one on.
    06-04-2013, 01:31 PM
Just looking at the hooves and shoeing job. I would not be happy and would be searching for a new farrier.
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    06-04-2013, 01:33 PM
Originally Posted by NBEventer    
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:

That's what I thought....BUT IT SAYS BACK RIGHT!!!! ***dork****
    06-04-2013, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by busysmurf    
That's what I thought....BUT IT SAYS BACK RIGHT!!!! ***dork****
That is a different horse lol. Her shoes are new, she has been barefoot all winter and just had new shoes put on last week
    06-04-2013, 01:56 PM
Green Broke
I am going to try to get more "balanced" pictures tonight. I will make her stand square too and see if it helps. I was resting my camera on the ground to make sure it wasn't tilted. But I think I still didn't have a good angle.

I honestly feel like a horrible horse Momma now letting her have such a careless shoeing job. I just trusted him because he comes so highly recommended. Our vet even recommends him for anyone having soundness issues or horses that trip a lot.

Maybe better pictures wont make it look so bad?
    06-04-2013, 02:20 PM
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Marks out of 10? 3 and that would be generous!

I positively dislike the squared off toes. Yes, mustangs did come in with toes squared off but it was after a hard snowy winter when that had had to dig for fodder.

All this does is to make the break over come faster and as there is little support on the heels the horse has to shuffle along rather than taking a good stride.
To explain this, when the horse begins to roll on the toe, the other foot lands as it cannot have both front feet of the ground at the same time! (Yes, I know it can but not at the walk!!)
I do not like the width of the iron, puts a lot of pressure on the sole and more importantly on the bars of the foot. This can and will lead to corns.
The fact that the clenches are uneven wouldn't win any prizes but the horn on some feet if poor a farrier has to nail to what he can.

This horse has collapsed heels - not the worse I have seen and they need more support than with these shoes.
Pictures of the front right show the horse weight bearing on the heels and with the left front on the toe. This could just be the angle the horse was standing at but I think the feet are unbalanced.
    06-04-2013, 02:33 PM
IMO both farriers look to be "fitting the hoof to the shoe".

I would not be happy. When my horse was shod, my farrier was able to have him with lateral flares in the fronts and a good 1/2" of shoe out behind to balance the leg and the horse didn't pull one single solitary shoe. And he's not exactly quiet in turnout, nor is he a short strided mover.

I have pics on my phone which I can upload if I need to to show the hooves.

But yeah, your mare is not balanced at all, laterally or longitudinally. I would not be paying any amount of money for either job.
    06-04-2013, 02:42 PM
Yikes. I would be very unhappy with that job, myself. Is there a reason that she has super squared off shoes? The shoes look super set back and almost on the edge of needing to be reset already.
Her back toes are really long.
Is there a reason that the other horse's nails are driven so high up?
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