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post #1 of 23 Old 04-27-2013, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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What to do....

when there's no farriers left? After reading about hooves and general care and what they should look like (with room for differences due to comformation, work, environment etc) While I can't pronouce half the words, I've concluded my current farrier, regardless how good everyone else says he is, isn't that good.

They just are not health looking, dead sole, flares, bull nosed, huge cracks, contracted heels, over grown bars and fronts have concaved walls.

While they need a trim soon (I believe well over due but no one will come out more than once every seven weeks), they shouldn't be this bad. I've been walking her on hard packed dirt and it's worn down her toes some to half way up to her hoof wall. No pictures, they don't come out well and I have no flat place to get good ones.

Problem? There's no farriers left. This is more of a venting thread but really any ideas would be good.
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post #2 of 23 Old 04-27-2013, 03:10 PM
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If you can't get any farriers to show up any more frequently, work with the two best you can find and stagger the schedule. It's certainly not an ideal situation, but I wish you luck.

ETA: Can you find someone farther out and offer mileage?

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post #3 of 23 Old 04-27-2013, 03:12 PM
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There is a good farrier school in Montana.
Maybe it is time to start a new career, sounds like your area might need it.
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There is only two farriers in the area that come my way. One kept putting on shoes too big so she'd let them flare really badly to get them to fit. And they were twisted! She had such badly contracted heels and I had to stretch her and message her hips and back daily because she was so sore from her legs being forced in the wrong directions.

And the second is the one I'm using. The others flat out refuse to come, extra money or not.

I only know how to do goats/sheep/cow feet, horses are so different, it worries me that people who've been doing this job going for 30 plus years are making my poor mare so sore.
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post #5 of 23 Old 04-27-2013, 03:21 PM
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going with out farrier

if you farrier comes round every 7 weeks have you thought about geting your horse easy boots to ware to stop the hoof erosion whilst in work.
that might solve a problem dew to the long time period of him comeing.
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post #6 of 23 Old 04-27-2013, 03:26 PM
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I feel your pain!! I have actually ended up doing my mare's hooves myself. Luckily, it's actually not too bad if you do something to them on a weekly basis. Fronts one week, backs the next, then touch ups on all hooves the next week, then fronts, then backs again, etc. But I definitly have days when I wish I could just call someone else up and have them do it for me. My back wants someone else to do it.

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I considered learning to do them myself, but there so bad I'm worried I'd make it worst. Not sure how to fix the bullnosed/and concaved feet, I guess that comes from learning. Wish I had the money to go to a school to learn, but life has gotten a little harder at the moment, money's tight.
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post #8 of 23 Old 04-28-2013, 10:38 AM
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I feel your pain!!! Iv been through 6 farriers now. Now iam out of options 6th farrier isn't any good. My horse hasn't been sound since he left.

Iam to the point of doing them myself iv used every farrier in area now.read all you can on hoofs and trimming. I know one thing not paying 35 for a crap trim job.
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post #9 of 23 Old 04-28-2013, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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I`m paying $50 for a crappy trim.
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post #10 of 23 Old 04-28-2013, 10:53 AM
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Do you know of any good farriers/trimmers?
I, of course don't know your situation, but what about seeing if you could bring your horse to them for a trim, then stay and follow them around for a week. Maybe during your vacation. They might charge you a fee or they might welcome the help.
It will be expensive with motels,traveling, time off and such but it might pay off in the long run.
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