The farrier came Tuesday. First off he was late, and he was supposed to come Friday but after 3 hrs of waiting I called & rescheduled. So back to he was late, I had the girls in the paddock when Bella started kicking at Indi. She kicked her three good times. (This has never happened before, they are sisters, and best friends.) I got Indi out and was walking her to calm her but he wanted to go ahead & trim her hooves. She was covered in pee. (She was peeing when Bella kicked her the first time, with all the tail thrashing and running around she was covered with pee). He was pissed because she was covered in pee and made a rude statements about it. He trimmed her up and kept fussing at her for not standing still. She is normally very mild mannered and stands still for everything. I was being to get really irritated but he settled in to trimming her hooves & was some what pleasant after that.
After he trimmed Indi I put her in the paddock, then got Bella out. He trimmed her with no problems. He keep mentioning how hard their hooves were, especially the underside, even the frogs.
Wednesday evening I noticed Bella was lame. She is so sore, much more than usual. I am wondering if it was because he was in a hurry and did something or is it because of her hooves being so hard. Indi's were hard too but she has had no problems.
Tell me what you think of this farrier.
Here's what I think: First I am ticked because he is late all the time. Second, he won't make an appt ahead of time but says he will call when they are due again. He nevers calls, I have to call him. Third, He was in a hurry Tuesday and was rude about it. Fourth, if he had given me 5 minutes I would have let Bella go first so Indi would have had time to calm down.
Now on to the hoof questions: It has been so dry lately, is that why their hooves are so hard? Is there something I should be putting on their hooves to keep them from getting so hard? Is it normal for them to go lame for a couple days after a farrier visit? ( Since I have had them they are a little ouchy for a couple days afterward but never lame like this)