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        10-16-2013, 01:19 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    Yes, I've seen farrier trims where nothing was going to help with one trim, but getting closer to what should be.

    I've also seen horrendous feet come out looking pretty good.

    I usually go 4-8 weeks depending on the growth and especially the change in angle over the period. Hooves tend to run forward, and I try to catch it where it can be made correct again in one trim.

    I find that with average feet that just need a maintenance trim, the farrier trims back to where he needs to and really doesn't gauge or watch the horse move unless there's a problem, like interfering. Or some other problem. He would need to measure and see the horse move and see what he can get away with to correct the horse without causing detriment to the horse short or long term.
         
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        10-16-2013, 03:01 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Just so everyone knows we have had the same farrier since we got into horses. He has been doing this guy since he came to our place say 6+ years ago. His feet have been more "normal" in the past. Not something I've noticed with the other horses (other current horses he has done for 5 and 4 years, and are roughly the same age)
         
        10-16-2013, 05:50 PM
      #13
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Yogiwick    
    Just wanted to mention again he is on an 8 week schedule. Didn't use to be a problem but maybe he needs more frequent trims now?
    Yes, while some horses - those with very slow growing hooves or those worked enough to mostly 'self trim' can go that long between trims, but for most horses, this would leave the farrier 'chasing his tail' each trim. It's best to trim often enough to *keep* the hooves functioning well, rather than waiting for them to overgrow before having to 'correct' them. For the vast majority of horses, that's between about 3-5 weekly.
         

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