Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Somewhere in WA
Well this farrier used to shoe my horses forever then retired so we went someplace else. Then not to long ago HE insisted on shoeing my horses again because he was not impressed with the farrier we had at that time (and neither were we as he started getting rather sloppy and horses started getting a lot of flaring). And like I said that foot has been our problem foot for a few years, as it grows very little heel in a timely matter (jerked a shoe 2 springs ago and tore a big chunk out of his outer wall, got that grown out then last spring he popped an abscess at the cornet bad so that had to grow out). And his feet WERE looking great up until we were knocked 10 steps back after all the rain we got and his feet went to complete mush. He takes no heel at all of that foot, and like I said it was starting to look so much better (heel was starting to look so much better).
And trust me....where we live you either have the chop off all the heel and leave the toe long guys, the ones where your horse will have 4 different feet by the time they are done, or the ones that make your horses foot a pancake. He is the only good shoer out here pretty much. And fixing a foot doesn't happen overnight and will never happen over night. And you really can't judge him by looking at JJs feet when they are horrid (has only shod him 3 times since he started again and the 3rd being the one where JJs feet were mush litterally)...because he does a GREAT job and JJs feet make everyones work look bad. And he is due for a shoeing that is scheduled for next week....we just need consistency and instead of coming to road blocks that set you back. Especially on the ONE horse we have whos feet are the worst on the place.
Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.