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post #31 of 34 Old 02-15-2013, 12:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie View Post
Farrier charges more for him and he explained to me (I was questioning out of interest, not challenging him) that Riley finds it hard to get his balance on three feet, so takes longer, and leans more. Also - his hoof walls are darned hard and it takes arms of steel to trim them.

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Riley finds it hard to balance on three feet? Can you go into more detail? It's quite curious I am about that.
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post #32 of 34 Old 02-15-2013, 10:27 AM
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Riley finds it hard to balance on three feet? Can you go into more detail? It's quite curious I am about that.
Well, as the farrier put it 'he's 7 years old, his body has now stopped growing and his brain is starting to come in now'.

He's a big boy, and he is currently overweight and under exercised. I am very confident that when I have started to work him in the spring including ground pole work, he will build muscle, and leg co-ordination and brain, and be easier for the farrier to handle. His hooves will never get less iron-like, but he will be better at holding his legs out where the farrier needs them to be.

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post #33 of 34 Old 02-15-2013, 10:54 AM
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Sorry, didn't read all of the posts. loosie MY farrier trims nightmare horses. I watched him hot shoe up a pair of driving Belgians in his stocks. They are immobilized, and he uses chains and pulleys to hold the foot that he is working on in place.
Can't see WHY the owner won't train this pair to be better with their feet. It's not impossible even with their size.
Also, if the verdict is that the feet are still good, it will take over one year of trimming and healing for them to look good. "Buster" had one badly cared for hoof when I "adopted" him, and it took a good 14 months before it looked right.

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post #34 of 34 Old 02-15-2013, 11:37 AM
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I've seen those nightmare draft horses with the farrier. Thank goodness, mine isn't one of them. However, there has been a couple of times that my farrier has landed on his butt when my mare pulled her foot back. She will let you know if she is getting to abscess too...she WILL NOT pick up her foot....and you aint' makin' her....lol.

Otherwise, like I said, thank goodness my mare is good. As you start to talk around to her next foot, she lifts it up. Most you have to do is tap it once or twice. I am still out of breath by the time I finish cleaning them all though...so, I can only imagine how the farrier feels. I pay a lot more to have her feet done, but it is so worth it.

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