This is a bit rantish...
Yes it is. I can understand you're upset but respectfully, what you've said sounds more emotional than objective. So my response to you may sound 'a bit rantish' too, as I'm afraid I get rather frustrated with this sort of attitude.
My mare was a bit off last Friday (or Saturday?) at the trot. It wasn't very noticable. ... but she was still walking even when we walked.
Horses are typically stoic creatures & if lameness is obvious, it's usually something substantial - barring a stone stuck in the hoof or such. They can often be lame at higher paces but not obviously so at a walk.
She's now lamer. So much that she's gimping at the walk now. The farrier hoof tested her and she flinched a little but not drastically and she mentioned that she was a touch warmer on her coronet band on that foot. She said to wait and see if she becomes more tender on it, she could be brewing an abscess.
Sounds to me, without further info, that what the farrier did/said could have been entirely reasonable in that regard. If horses are abscessing in your area frequently lately, I'd consider the weather may be the culprit. Obviously without further info, only a guess tho.
But who needs to wait? She's now lame at the walk. Not just off, but lame. I checked the trim job since I haven't seen the woman trim before (barn farrier) and it was awful. Just awful. So bad that I'm ashamed to post pictures of it.
What did you expect her to do about it there & then?? As a rule(there are exceptions) I don't think digging for abscesses is necessarily for the best, particularly when it sounds like it was rather obscure at the time of her visit.
She may indeed have done a terrible job of trimming, or it may be that your perception of good trimming incorrect, or different to hers at least - there are different opinions on that. Without any pictures even, we can't even give you a rough opinion on that tho. But this is why it also pays to be educated yourself & be particular about which 'experts' you get to do the job. Were you not present & watching when she trimmed? Did you ask her why she did/didn't do certain things you think she should have.
I'm so frustrated. Not only do I have to find a new farrier, but this farrier worsened her condition instead of helped her.
Abscesses do tend to get worse before they go away. Without far more info I wouldn't jump to blame even a bad trimmer for that.
She actually rasped her soles
While as a rule, rasping into sole is not generally a good move, there are exceptions, such as when there is obviously excess unexfoliated sole for eg.
Either way, I have to now go up and fix her feet. I took a farrier class a couple years ago but feel as though I'm too rusty to do my own horse's feet now. I've never done anything as bad as that trim job though...its an eye sore. I seriously could not believe she actually charges money for something like that... and I'm usually VERY forgiving when it comes to things like that.
*Assuming* the farrier has indeed trimmed the hooves too short, without further info, barring a light 'mustang roll', even if you were an experienced trimmer, I wouldn't advise you attempt much/any 'fixing' until her feet grow some. If you've only done 'a farrier class' years ago & being admittedly 'rusty', I'd find a good farrier/trimmer to do any 'fixing' anyway.
Respectfully, I can well understand owners being ill informed about hoof care generally, so not understanding whether a farrier does a good/bad/indifferent job, but I can't understand someone professing to know better being so 'forgiving' about standards & who they choose to do the work, let alone being so upset with THE TRIMMER for doing a bad job. If I employed(& paid) someone who did a shocking job, it would be ME that I was horrified at.
She told me to ride her because the more I ride her, the more pressure the abscess will build and the sooner it would pop. I had reservations about doing it but I tacked her up.
Why did you go & do that, at least without a second, respected opinion??
I strongly disagree with forcing a horse to exercise when they're hurting, unless under veterinary advice, but I do believe *encouraging* movement, if the horse is up to it, is indeed good to bring abscesses to a head. There are other specifics that would affect just how I'd deal with it too though.
I have some pictures of her feet before the trim but none after...I was too shocked and embarressed. I may take pictures after I clean the mess up though.
It would be interesting to see pictures, both before & after, & there are a number of good people here that could give you more to go on, but if you want any kind of opinion on the trim job, you need to provide afters of that too, before you change anything.