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        05-13-2010, 11:11 AM
      #1
    Showing
    How long without trimming?

    Yes, I know I panic easily...

    So here is my problem. My horses are on 8 weeks schedule for trimming. Unfortunately my farrier had emergency this week, so he couldn't make it in today (they are 8 weeks + 2 days since last trim). I'm not positive when he'll be back in town (hopefully within a week), but is it OK to let them go for another week or so or I have to try to get another farrier in? I mean, I like my farrier, so using someone else is not quite fair IMHO, but they have pretty long hoofs already (everything seems to grow very fast this spring).

    I'd especially appreciate the responses from forum farriers...
         
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        05-13-2010, 11:23 AM
      #2
    Weanling
    Depends solely on what you are doing with the animals. Riding everyday - very important. Broodmare thrown out in pasture, we have some that haven't been trimmed in many years - haven't needed it for what they do!
         
        05-13-2010, 11:32 AM
      #3
    Banned
    It depends on how their feet grow, I guess. My guy doesn't get super long toes, but his heels flare out. Also, look at the rate of growth. Is 8 weeks really stretching it for your horses?
         
        05-13-2010, 11:41 AM
      #4
    Foal
    Mine too are on a 8 week schedule, but when my farrier had some things come up...Ive waited up to 10 weeks without issues. I don't think it would be a problem unless your horses are showing some type of discomfort from not having them done. I like staying with the same farrier, mine knows my horses and no telling what a new farrier may do. I did use a substitute when my farrier hurt her shoulder but that was because she was out of work for 6 weeks and that would have been too long. And it took me awhile to actually find another farrier I could trust with my horses feet.
         
        05-13-2010, 11:55 AM
      #5
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Production Acres    
    Depends solely on what you are doing with the animals. Riding everyday - very important. Broodmare thrown out in pasture, we have some that haven't been trimmed in many years - haven't needed it for what they do!
    Please excuse my post; I'm posting on a mobile device so it might sound a little short.
    Broodmares need their feet done just as any other horse; they are carrying their weight plus some, to do that on incorrectly cared for feet isn't right.
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        05-13-2010, 12:00 PM
      #6
    Showing
    As a reply to the OP, it depends on the horse. Some horses need their feet done every 5 weeks, others every 10. If your horse is showing adverse effects to waiting, get a farrier out, but IMO, waiting a week won't hurt. Another question to consider, though, is how hard the horse is working. If he is a major performance horse, I might sugges. Getting another farrier out, but if he isn't worked terribly hard then he can likely wait.
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        05-13-2010, 12:10 PM
      #7
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Production Acres    
    Depends solely on what you are doing with the animals. Riding everyday - very important. Broodmare thrown out in pasture, we have some that haven't been trimmed in many years - haven't needed it for what they do!
    - are you actually saying you have provided zero hoof care for some of your horses for "years"?
         
        05-13-2010, 12:27 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    To answer the OP - it depends on the condition of their feet.
         
        05-13-2010, 12:33 PM
      #9
    Weanling
    My mare is on an 8-10 week schedule as needed. If she's being ridden a lot it can be pushed to 10, if she isn't being ridden regularly 8 weeks.

    It really depends on the condition of their feet. If their toes are long it will strain their tendons and can cause injury, but I wouldn't be *too* worried about going an extra week. Take it easy on ridding until they are trimmed though.
         
        05-13-2010, 12:38 PM
      #10
    Banned
    Repeat of 'depends on the horse'.

    If they all look fine and you know your farrier will get you in as soon as the emergency passes then I would not worry about it.
         

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