Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Nelson had a Farrier because he was the "families and friend's" Farrier. So Nelson ended up having the same guy.
I didn't know much about angles and blood flow at the time and trimming in accordance to the horses conformation - so the work that was being done, I had no idea was not good.
Nelson had long toes, under ran heels, no blood flow, thin soles, lost shoes constantly leaving big holes and cracks in his wall - but I just kept using him and believed what he told me everytime I brought it up "that's just how he is made"
Until one day where he lost another shoe, and my *at that time Farrier* couldn't make it out because he was out of state on a holiday. So my MIL called her friends son and asked if he could come out and put a new shoe on, and he agree'd.
He showed up and was astounded at the shape of Nelson's feet, and was in shock of his angles and lack of blood flow.
So he became my new Farrier. He spent a whole winter doing corrective shoeing on him, and finally - just this month, he was able to get Nelson to the angles he needs to be.
He's my Farrier now, and I wont go back or look elsewhere because he does a phenominal job and knows his work.
Nelson now, has short toes, he actually has HEELS, and his soles are actually hard! His shoes actually stay on, and his movement has improved greatly.
Before, he didn't trust his heels, so he moved alot on his toes, which limited his movement. Now, that he can use his whole foot for movement, he's improved in his gaits.
I have learnt so much from him as well :)