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Should I consider using a proper farrier?

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  • Can a unqualified farrier trim my horse

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    04-02-2012, 01:49 AM
Thanks, yes I think I will go with my gut instinct and let a professional do it from now on. I will work out how to politely let him know that I'm going to get someone else to do his feet from now on. I checked him today and he seems fine, no lameness or heat. I don't know if farriers always use the same hole each time or make a new one (I'm guessing they try and use the same one otherwise you would end up with holes everywhere!) But he has at least 2 or 3 'old' holes on each hoof that are all over the place. The one that bled will hopefully be protected by the shoe on the underneath and will stop anything from getting in there. Touch wood! Providing he is still fine I am going for a ride in a couple of days with my neighbour and will get her to see what she thinks of his work, can also talk to her about getting her farriers contact details.
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    04-02-2012, 06:05 AM
Green Broke
I don't know about NZ, but In the UK it is Illegal for anyone other than a Qualified and registered farrier to shoe a horse.

Any one can trim but only a qualified & registered farrier can put shoes on.

I personaly wouldnt let anyone unqualified anywhere near my horses feet.
    04-02-2012, 11:49 PM
Hi Faye
I have done some research and I don't believe that it is illegal in NZ to shoe a horse without training but it probably should be! After reading up on hoof care I have realised how important it is to have someone who really knows what they are doing - even if he has been doing his own horses for years and they seem fine.
Having spoken with other people a great farrier is worth their weight in gold and usually has more customers than they can handle, hopefully I can find someone like that who has space for another horse. I also have a mini who will be needing her feet trimmed shortly and would like to find some who has experience with the wee horses too!
I am still feeling annoyed about the whole situation and considering how overprotective his last owner was (and still is now that he is mine ) I'm surprised that she was happy for his feet to be done by someone unqualified. Ah well, at least I am learning! Thanks all for your advice.
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