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  • Farrier question, how short is too short
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    06-05-2009, 10:43 PM
How short is too short?

A farrier came out yesterday to do the yearlings feet.Then today one of the fillys were haveing a hard time walking on pavement when coming in from turnout.Is this just normal discomfort from a first trim or did he trim her too short?It looks pretty short,the frog is completely level with the bottom of her hoof...
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    06-06-2009, 03:28 PM
Probably cut too short if the frog is level with the ground- get a new farrier!
    06-06-2009, 05:04 PM
OR, you could tell your farrier not to cut them so short next time. Give him a chance to do it right, and let him know he went a little too far last time. Even the best farriers make a mistake now and again.
    06-06-2009, 05:59 PM
Green Broke
The front should be only a bit shorter than the wall, unless it was that short to start with. I never trim any frog, unless it's longer than the walls, or there are ragged pieces, and then I only cut those.
    06-07-2009, 06:58 PM
I would say it was cut too short. Just tell him next time to not cut it as short, and if he does the same thing than get a new farrier
    06-07-2009, 07:03 PM
Green Broke
I'd have him come back out and take a look. Ask him if it looks too short. Let him have a chance to see if he did trim them back too much. If he's not willing too, have another farrier come out and take a look.

They shouldn't be that sensitive after a trim.
    06-07-2009, 07:30 PM
Shoeing is such a touchy thing- the wrong shoer can mess your horse up for life- with a new horse or a new shoer I am ALWAYS present but I don't take my horse being lame after a trim lightly
    06-07-2009, 08:48 PM
I don't take it lightly either, KC, but like I said before, they are human - they are bound to screw up a little now & again, and I don't think a short trim is a life debilitating condition. I may be a little more forgiving, in my area, it's hard to come by a good farrier, so when you get one that does a good job, a short trim once in a blue moon isn't grounds for firing.
    06-08-2009, 10:49 AM
Green Broke
Arg, I hate typos. I have corrected my mistake below.

Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
The FROG should be only a bit shorter than the wall, unless it was that short to start with. I never trim any frog, unless it's longer than the walls, or there are ragged pieces, and then I only cut those.
    06-08-2009, 10:58 AM
Well,I was already annoyed since I had a specific list and order of the horses who needed to be done first,those who had been worked with to prepare(some are getting their very first trim) and he wanted to just go down stall to stall.The horse he trimmed too short wasnt even ready to be worked on and was throwing a fit,which may have contributed to his difficulty in doing it right..Im going to give it a week to see how she does,if she stays so sensitive.I don't know that he will come back out and if she is too short theres nothing he can do anyways.But Ill sure as heck let him know he needs to be more careful and mind my warnings

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