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    02-06-2011, 04:46 PM
Need Shoeing Input

I posted about this before, but cannot find the old thread. I recently switched farriers. The old guy left way too much toe on for my taste, so I switched to a guy who took maybe too much off. I have some pics here of his recent shoeing job. I am in need of input as to whether I need to keep farrier shopping. Something about these doesn't look right to me, and suddenly my horse does not want to canter. This is an OTTB who loves to run, so it doesn't make sense. I took video of him yesterday and cannot find a hint of lameness. He just doesn't seem to feel comfortable cantering. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    02-06-2011, 05:12 PM
Has he always had the pad underneath the shoe or is that new. Cause I would imagine that would feel different to him..
    02-06-2011, 05:21 PM
He used to the pads. He's had them the past 3 seasons. They've never seemed to bother him before. Everything looked great under there when he was being re-shod last week.
    02-06-2011, 06:06 PM
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Is the farrier trying to build up more heel in back? It kind of looks like his heels are hanging out unsupported. But , I am NOT a farrier and not all that experienced with what looks right in shoes.
Our farrier uses some flare back and the end of the shoe, I guess it's to support the heel? More in the hind than front.
    02-06-2011, 06:11 PM
The heels look weird to me too. I think when a farrier is trying to grow more heel, they extend the shoe beyond the existing hoof. He's kind a got trick feet. The left front grows all toe while the right front grows all heel. It's what's referred to as a club foot. Whenever my horse is "off", it's always his club foot that's the issue. I'm sure it's a tricky balancing job for a farrier.
    02-06-2011, 08:45 PM
I just found another pic that shoes both feet better together. Need input guys!! Any farriers on this forum?
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    02-06-2011, 10:43 PM
This is what I would recommend and what I can see in pics. In the one right front pic it looks like the heels maybe uneven in length from hairline down to shoe. But hard to tell because pics can be deceiving. Here is what I usually run into in feet like that is sore heels. Give the heels extra support and get the feet trimmed with the same angle and toe length as good as possible. Trim the club foot one time in between shoeing. Like if you are on a 6 wk schedule in between shoeing trim the heels down on the club foot every 3 wks. I know its a challenge. Just my experience. Good luck.
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    02-06-2011, 10:46 PM
Get the heels support with special shoes? I don't quite follow.
    02-06-2011, 10:59 PM
I normally use a regular flat keg shoe if the heels are weak or sore use a well fitted bar shoe. What I'm referring to for a well fitted shoe is a nice full fit in width and length. Not a short and tight narrow fit as that makes the heals more sore and weak.
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    02-06-2011, 11:19 PM
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Anvil, what is a keg shoe?
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