Originally Posted by trIplEcrOwngIrl
Yeah, my dad insist on trimming all of our horses because, "lots of people around here do" and "my grandpa always did his own horses and mules". Nevermind the fact that people go to school to learn how to do feet correctly, ugh! I can't post my location but I think I will try to get the farrier we had last time, while I'm sure not in his fan club, he does have alot of experience and didn't lame my pony like the one before him did.
Are you familiar with OTTB feet? They tend to be thin soled & flat. I can't tell from the pictures how long his heels are but they tend to be low also, straight from the track. He also has long angulated pasterns which can be tricky to trim properly.
I would stick with the professional farrier if you want to keep him sound & barefoot.
I never heard of pulling shoes & not trimming the hooves. A shod hoof has a sharp edge which should at least be rounded off so you don't get the chipping like you are seeing.
I have no suggestions as how to deal with your Dad. Maybe you should offer to pay for the farrier?
Thank you for getting this guy. It's nice to see the TB's going on to new careers.