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    06-18-2009, 04:57 PM
Exclamation Farrier.

Just 5 days ago I had a new farrier trim Gunthers feet (no shoes). Anyway I don't feel like he did an amazing job and both his back hooves have chips in them.

Should I get him back out here? Or since he just trimmed them is there anything I can do?.
And how can I prevent them from doing this again?
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    06-18-2009, 05:01 PM
Do you have pics? If the cracks are really bad then I would see if he will come back out. How did they crack?
    06-18-2009, 05:03 PM
Did he do a roll on the toe or just a sharp edge? I find some farriers who do a basic "pasture trim" just file them to a sort of point and they end up chipping very quickly.
Here is my mares hoof after a trim. This is what you need to be working toward.
If your farrier isn't doing something similar, see if he is willing to try or look for a new farrier.

Here is another photo at 7 weeks after a trim:
    06-18-2009, 05:09 PM
I will take a picture as soon as it stops raining. I would like for him to come back out but if he already trimmed them I don't want to bother paying for him to come back out and say that he can't trim them again or they will be too short.

I honestly don't know probably something in his pasture, they has chips in them before and I thought the trim would help but I don't think it did.
    06-18-2009, 05:16 PM
Do the cracks just have to grow out? If that's it I don't think another trim will fix it.
    06-18-2009, 05:18 PM
That's what I'm wondering. I'll go take pics.
    06-18-2009, 05:20 PM
Green Broke
If he doesn't know what's wrong he can't try to fix it.
    06-18-2009, 05:41 PM
I mean is it just me or is this a horrible trim job?



The two back.. the worst of the 4.

I've gone through hell trying to find a decent farrier.. the first one always came drunk as a skunk, the second one would tell me 12am and come at 6pm, and now this one. I'm a huge believer in second chances so I won't get rid of him yet. This guy is well known and professional. So far out of the three he's done the worst job on my scale but is the best person, personality wise and arriving on time.
    06-18-2009, 05:44 PM
They are a bit small hold on.. And it was raining so excuse the piggishness =)

The two back

Back right

Back left

    06-18-2009, 05:48 PM
Green Broke
The back left doesn't look a complete trim. As far as the chips those are pretty high. It looks like he worked around those. My farrier used to have to work around chips on my horse until we got on a supplement that avoided the chipping/cracking.

You should call him and tell him your concerns. Give him a chance to fix it.

This is how my farrier dealt with chips - yours may have been too high to wedge it out.


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