Well, I had my mare shod three weeks ago, and on Friday she was dead lame. By some weird coincidence, the vet was coming that morning to do xrays for a chronic, low-level lameness problem she has (possible ringbone). Because of her variable lameness, I thought she was just having a bad day, but the vet rang me in the afternoon and said to get her shoes pulled asap, there's a badly placed nail that showed up on the xrays.
Sure enough, the next morning she had swollen fetlocks and digital pulse. The farrier said he'd be out in the afternoon, but night fell and no such luck. So on Sunday morning I tried to take the shoes off myself. I filed off the nail clinches, wondering vaguely why there were only 5 in the lame hoof as opposed to 6 in the other one. But I couldn't get the shoe even a tiny bit loose. Any pulling or levering is painful for her so she wasn't very relaxed about things (plus she doesn't like her feet messed with at the best of times. She planted her hind hoof firmly in the farrier's backside when he was shoeing her - anticipatory revenge, I think?!). Then, on a closer investigation, I discovered the missing nail: 3 or 4 cm up the hoof wall. No wonder she's lame! I took a photo and sent it to the farrier with a sharp comment, and got a promise to come later and remove the offending item.... But as I write, my poor, sore mare is still firmly shod.
All this makes me BOIL. Plus I feel guilty about having decided to shoe her in the first place. She has contracted heels (thanks to hoof neglect by her previous owner) and I know she's better off barefoot. But I let myself be convinced in a weak moment . Round here barefoot is seen merely as a lack of shoes, not as a positive condition and even less as therapeutic. «If she's lame, she's got sore feet. You need to shoe her.» It's hard to keep the courage of your convictions when all those horsey machos treat you as a harmless idiot!
I guess I need a bit of positive input and, yes, I'd love some advice on correct trimming for her feet once the shoes are off. I'll post xrays r when I get them from the vet, and photos too.
Hey, I feel better already after that little rant! Hoping to catch me a farrier this morning....