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        01-25-2013, 12:30 AM
      #51
    Trained
    Don't feel bad at all for having the farrier out for only one horse! I know it's a bit different over there with people 'tipping' & such, but he'll surely tell you if he's got a long way to travel & no other clients close by, so wants a bit extra for it.

    Re flaring at the quarters, yes, it's not bad, just pointing it out. Re getting her feet more upright, that may be warranted if you are attempting to change a 'negative' angle on backs, *but* while those heels are crushed flat, they're too long already, so you can't do it by letting them grow more. Front feet appear(I appreciate pics may not give accurate idea) way too 'steep' when considering h/p & hairline angles.
         
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        01-25-2013, 12:37 AM
      #52
    Trained
    Agree with Trinity & co that assuming diet & nutrition are the same year round, the weather/temperature will have absolutely nothing to do with rate of growth. There are other factors that affect growth, such as exercise/good hoof function, so it's likely that *assuming same diet/nutrition*, those that see less growth in winter is because the horse gets less exercise or such then.
         
        01-25-2013, 08:22 AM
      #53
    Green Broke
    No I think what he ment by upright was just getting the toe under control as we had some serious issues to fix from the bad farrier last spring. She had some pretty bad flaring.

    Trinity I never thought of making a mark before so I will do that this next time and keep track of it so that way I can tell if it really is the same amount of growth every cycle with her. I think last time she had just worn most of the growth herself as we were easily riding 25 miles a week with 70% of that on pavement or gravel. And this time around I have ridden on pavement for maybe a mile total and rarely riding at all because of snow and ice. When she got her shoes pulled in fall there was quite a bit to trim so I think without them she wears quite a bit when we are consistently riding.
         
        01-25-2013, 08:29 AM
      #54
    Showing
    Could be snow erosion. People think of snow as soft fluffy stuff but it is actually quite abrasive. Since you're in Minnesota you'll have plenty of snow. Us northerners have watched how blowing snow can scour a snow packed road until it is smooth.
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        01-25-2013, 08:44 AM
      #55
    Green Broke
    I never thought of snow being that tough. We have had more ice than snow this year so nothing is fluffy sadly. I'm still hoping for a good snow storm to cover all this ice.
         
        01-25-2013, 12:52 PM
      #56
    Green Broke
    I just have to say thank you to all of you for being civil with this. I posted one of the pictures on a local facebook group just to see if people in my area have had the same bulge on the toes. Many did and said it was just the sole growing weird, which in my case I doubt that, but then I got attacked by a barefoot trimmer for ever having shoes on this horse. And the suggestion was that I shouldn't ride her since her soles are thin but shoes are too bad.

    So thanks for actually explaining things and giving helpful suggestions, it is refreshing to know people can help without starting a debate.
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