Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: British Columbia, Canada
• Horses: 0
hoof trimming, any one do there own?
My hubbys father is a retired farrier (due to his back)--he lives about an hour away from us. He was mentioning that he could show me how to trim my horses hooves so I could do it myself.... I have shapet horses hooves with a wrasp, and also created what I think is called a rolled(?) edge to prevent stress cracks/chipping--but have never trimmed myself. I was wondering if this is a good idea. I know he wouldnt let me do it myself untill he was 100% confident that I wasnt going to make a mistake. Generally Blitzes hooves are quite healthy. He goes barefoot. He has a little issue with his right hind from a very old injury where his foot got caught in a door. It now grows slightly slower in one area, and sometimes has a surface crack. This has been chesk by two vets and a farrier---sound. I would love to learn how to do this; wondering what everything thinks/ if they do there own. Of course if I have any issues I would call the father in law =) I just hate to have him travel (he commutes an hour each way for his new job and HATE travelling; also farriers are very VERy hard to come by around here--we have a shortage of them, and often you have to book a month in advance--which is hard to do when you don't know how the horses hooves will be doing (how much riding, any issues that come up) AND have had the only really good one around here cancel on me twice within the last week! My BO gets the farrier to come out and do her horses feet like every 8 weeks--way too long IMHO and the other boarder out there does his own--but I wont let him touch my horse (his horses' hooves are always uneven, and sometimes are limping afterwards--nice-); Blitz needs to be done every 4-5 because his grow so fast and start looking like clam shells.
Thanks in advance---sorry about the novel!