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    06-20-2009, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by goldilockz    
That is the last thing I would recommend. An inexperienced horse owner can seriously injure their horse by trying to trim their horse's hooves themselves. JMO.
Exactly. Apprentice under someone for a few months and really get to know the hoof and it's workings. Picking up a book/website and trying to learn that way would be the worst thing you could do.
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    06-21-2009, 04:33 PM
Anyone can learn to do there own horses feet with the proper research. There are clinics you can attend, some are even hands on. So there are ways for one to learn to trim themselves.

That farrier did such a horrible job I'm suprised he had the balls to ask for payment! I'd make sure anyone you know doesn't have him out to ruin there horses. Just a thought.
    06-22-2009, 09:38 PM
The original farrier still hasn't called me back.. Yeah about the payment, he better come back and do it for free otherwise I'm complaining to his major clients.

Solon, it's not going to hurt me to know what to look for. I won't attempt to do anything myself until I know everything and anything there is to know about trimming extra... I know a good friend of mine who learned from videos, books and the internet and her horses feet are amazing. Better than a farrier if I do say so myself. It's also helpful because she's had the horse for 5+ years and knows what it needs.
    06-22-2009, 10:02 PM
Green Broke
Learning how to do it is fine. But I wouldn't touch the hooves until you've worked with a certified farrier. Who knows, you may be a natural but not worth the risk.
    06-23-2009, 12:27 AM
Originally Posted by goldilockz    
That is the last thing I would recommend. An inexperienced horse owner can seriously injure their horse by trying to trim their horse's hooves themselves. JMO.
Not if they research a lot of the information that is available. I have to say that many do learn to trim their own horses due to the lack of farriers willing to do a good barefoot trim.. I doubt that is because they don't want to do the best job they can, but rather that they learned differently. Often the "farriers" available are not of the highest caliber. I've seen plenty of crappy trim and shoe jobs buy people we feel should know their job. Finding a good qualified hoof care person, whether they shoe or bf trim, is not a simple feat and studying hoof care is a great thing for horse people to do, whether they trim their own or not.

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