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post #1 of 13 Old 02-01-2012, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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When to start trimming nine month olg colt

He is coming out Saturday to trim the paint, mustang, and maybe charlie. He thinks it may be to early to trim, but he will look at him.
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-01-2012, 12:44 AM
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Shoeing horses too early causes weak feet. Trimming is fine, but make sure that you don't start shoeing until about four, when it's completely necessary (when their riding career begins)

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Trimming a horse young to keep them balanced will help their legs to grow straight and strong. Whereas just leaving them to grow and chip off can exacerbate already present conformational faults in their legs.

IMHO, it's never too early to make sure their feet stay balanced.

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Yeah im not shoeing any of them. We never shoe the mustang, the paint isnt being riden so no shoe and same with Charlie I wouldnt even consider shoeing this early. His front feet are growing outward like skis so I figured he needed trimmed. I guess this guy knows what he is talking about I hope. LOL.
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I usually start trimming babies when they're still on their dams, somewhere between 2 - 4 weeks. Much easier to influence growth and correct problems, and much easier to handle a baby holding him next to his dam than to handle a weanling. Even if all the farrier does is trim a little toe and shape the foot, it's well worth the trouble.

I would say at 9 months it's high time. Even if he's wearing off his hooves to an appropriate length, at least get the farrier to examine, watch him move, handle his feet, get him used to the rasp, and shape the feet to prevent chipping and breaking.

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We have our farrier file the toe within the first two weeks. It helps the baby break over easier when they start really scooting.

He doesn't charge us because he likes to help set them on the right path to be well mannered and safe to work on.
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post #7 of 13 Old 02-01-2012, 07:13 PM
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I got Rodeo when he was 10months old, and I think he had had a trim twice before that. So Id say your all set to get him trimmed.

I was always told that the sooner you get them trimmed, the sooner they can grow straight, correct, nice legs, and itll help correct imperfections of their legs.....good luck!
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Yup, get at it already. Past time.
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Well the guy is coming out on Saturday and I told him I want them done, but he seems to think he dont need it. LOL How he knows that based on just his age is beyond me, but he is going to look at them.
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post #10 of 13 Old 02-01-2012, 08:40 PM
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Ya, he doesn't know it based on age. If he did, he would have trimmed the colt already! :)
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