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post #1 of 24 Old 05-22-2010, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Angry mad at the farrier, should I be?

Ok so the BO said my horse needed his hooves trimmed...apparently they did but I didn't know because I thought they only needed done every 6 weeks and it hasn't been 6 weeks yet...but whatever. Anyway, I rode wednesday, she said the farrier was coming out so she'd have him do mine's hooves while he was there (he's done them before), I go out friday and get him out of the pasture and he's about falling over himself! My heart about jumped out of my throat watching him walk, I couldn't figure out what was wrong with him. I thought maybe he had gone blind, he was stepping real high with his front legs, but then he wasn't walking straight either, I thought 'jeezus he's got a neurological problem!' Well, there was another woman at the barn who saw how he was walking and said 'are his feet sore?' I don't know, I couldn't very well ask him. But he was ok on the grass between the pasture and the barn. But once in the aisle, he was walking weird again. She said his feet were sore, that probably something the farrier had done had made his feet hurt. Sure enough, on soft ground he was ok but the compacted dirt and the hard aisle he was limping and refusing to move foward and such. So I'm wondering, should I be mad? Is this a common thing? Would there have been a reason for him to 'over trim' his hooves and it be unavoidable that he was sore?
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Its common if its a horses first time being shod, or the first time being shod for the season. However, I would say a horse should NOT be ouchy on hard ground from a normal trim. Ice had his feet done yesterday, he even had the tip of his frog cut out all the way to the white because he had thrush, but he wasn't lame on it.
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post #3 of 24 Old 05-22-2010, 10:50 PM
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No - your horse should not be sore due to a trim. I would be furious if my horse was ever sore due to a farrier.

Have you picked up the hooves to look at the bottom? Anything there look obviously wrong? Maybe ask a another horseperson to take a look and see if they see anything.

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Oh my gosh. I don't think that's common except like in corrective trimming and things along those lines. Is he in shoes, or is it the sole that is to thin or what? Have you checked them? Were you there when he was getting trimmed? I think I would be mad!! but I guess you should check it out and see what is actually wrong.

It sounds like maybe he shaved the sole too thin.
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I would be mad at your farrier, especially if you're not absolutely certain that's the problem. Usually horses with sore feet will appear to be stiff-legged, and limp when they hit a rock. I'm wondering about the horse picking the feet up higher than normal, that doesn't seem to fit with a foot-sore horse, to me.
I would keep an eye on it tomorrow and maybe give some bute if he's still sore, and call a farrier you trust to come out and give you their opinion.


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I had two other boarders look at his feet that night and they said something to the effect of him trimming too much off - the sole maybe I don't remember. They both said a couple things, I'm all new to this stuff. In any case the one woman gave me some turpentine solution and told me to put it on the bottoms of his hooves to help 'harden them up' and I kept him in a stall (with bedding) overnight. I'm not using him again and that's the end of it. I was thinking I should switch to someone else because I've never seen or heard of that happening before. There are two other farriers that come to the barn so I will speak to one of them about doing him next time.
To answer an earlier question, he has been trimmed before...been barefoot since I got him (about 4 months ago) and had no problems. He DID have a chip it the front of one hoof which this farrier told me was cosmetic and would probably come out in the next trim (this one) so my only rationality is that he HAD to trim them shorter to 'fix' the chip??? I don't know but I'm mad just the same! DON'T HURT MY HORSE!!!
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Does he have shoes, that were reset? If so, you need to have a farrier come out and remove and reset (if they can be)...

If he doesn't have shoes, the farrier may have trimmed too close to the sole, or got his angles messed up, which would make him feel weird on harder surfaces.

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post #9 of 24 Old 05-22-2010, 11:45 PM
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Yes the farrier probably did wrong. But you should also have been there to make sure things were going correctly. If you are new to it, have someone who knows horses come explain things and make sure your horse is being treated properly. Get a well recommended from your barn or vet and chalk it up to a learning experience.
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post #10 of 24 Old 05-22-2010, 11:51 PM
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I woiuld be po-ed too. I would definitely find a new trimmer/farrier. I'd also call the farrier who trimmed him and inform the farrier on just how lame your horse is in both front feet. Ask him if there was a reason he cut him so short. Tell your barn owner or trainer what happened, and tell him/her that you don't want that farrier to touch your horse again...

I trim my horses every 3-5 weeks, depending on the horse. I do it myself because of bad experience with farriers in my area.
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