Originally Posted by corporate pride
i sounds like he was running behind time and didn't want to do the horses feet. As for the shoeing issue, he should have notice that the old shoes where in a way to stop a horse over reaching then do the same, but if mot the first time surely the second. You need to go out and talk to this farrier and watch his work and ask questions.
You are obviously some type of mind reader?
Just because the farrier said pass on trimming feet you are assuming that he just did not want to do them?
Why not assume the barn/barn owner are the type that people are always trying to save money (not saying the OP is, just saying that might be the environment there)?
Why not assume that since the OPs horse has always had shoes on that during this transition time the hoof may have gotten a little short and the farrier did not want to trim more off?
I will say it again, farriers can not read minds. I am sure he saw the shoe he took off. He has no way of knowing why the shoe was made how it was. None. One does not look at a shoe with no heel and automatically say 'this horse must forge'. A person might look at it and say 'that last farrier was crap, trying to give this poor horse under run heals or is too cheap to use a shoe that actually fits'.
Farriers are professionals (or they should be). It is not their job to guess what Dobbin had done or not done for the last years.