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    12-07-2012, 08:26 PM
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Trimming question

Hi all!
So, Im trying a new farrier on the 17th. Somewhere I read that if a horse has arthritis the farrier would trim the hooves differently. Is this true? My gelding has hock arthritis in both hocks, is this something my farrier should be aware of?

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    12-07-2012, 11:13 PM
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Trained
Any health condition should be passed on to the farrier, actually to any professional that interacts with your horse.

As for different trimming -- every horse must be trimmed to its own specific build, history, injuries, etc. etc. It's possible that the arthritis can be eased with specific angles, but no necessarily so.
     
    12-08-2012, 03:20 AM
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Trained
Well, agree with above post, but yes, IMO an arthritic, stiff horse is generally trimmed differently - you need to do a lot more bending & trim where they're comfortable, which is often not hoisting a back foot up to thigh level as normal!
     
    12-08-2012, 10:54 AM
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Trained
Oh, I wonder if the OP was referring to the act of trimming or the results of trimming. I was focusing on the results.
     
    12-08-2012, 07:15 PM
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Trained
^Yeah, guessing so, just being a smartiepooper!
     

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