Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: In my own little world;)
I understand what everyone is saying about letting the farrier do their job, and normally that's what I do. I was trying to leave out the complicated situation regarding the farrier. W/O writing a novel, I will do my best to explain what is going on.
The horse is not at my barn (I'm out of room), she is kept at another barn. I don't pay board (I do pay for supplements, shavings, vet & farrier, & I take care of her stall). Regardless of what I pay for, the BO considers the horse partly hers. I acquired the horse for free as a favor to a friend of the BO. As a result of this complicated arrangement, the BO feels I don't have a say in when / who does vet & farrier. The farrier that I use & trust is not allowed on the BO's property (another long story), nor will she allow anyone else besides her current farrier to work on any of the horses. Her current farrier, to give him credit, is quite good at corrective/reconstructive work. However, during the last trim, I was not impressed by his work on barefeet. I know how a hoof should look, and that's what I asked to have done. It was not, I was told by the farrier that it would not be possible to take her flare down, which I think is BS.
I was trying to get an objective opinion on what others feel is necessary, since admittedly I only know what an ideal hoof should look like, and not a lot past that. The ferrier's that I have always used in the past, achieved that. Or maybe I should say that over 20 yrs of doing this with many, many horses the trims have ALWAYS looked the same (with only tiny variations per horse) at the end. Even horses with trouble feet. I know that is no excuse for my lack of knowledge in the area, but that isn't the issue right now.
Loosie: I'm sorry the pics are at times blurry. I did the best I could. And I'm still trying to figure how to insert the pics in threads, everytime I try I always mess something up, and it doesn't do what I want it to (I hate computers!!)
And yes, I would LOVE to get her on a better schedule!! There's a lot more involved in the whole situtation then I mentioned, so if you want to yell at me for this whole messed up arrangement, please just PM me. I'm trying to my best to make the best out of an ackward arrangement.
So I wrote a novel any way. Sorry guys:( I just wanted outside opinions that I was on the right track.
"Just because I don't do things your way, doesn't mean I don't have a clue"