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post #91 of 139 Old 05-20-2013, 12:59 PM
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He's looking great!! Wow!
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post #92 of 139 Old 05-20-2013, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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Here is his leg right after I got to the barn. It doesn't seem so swollen in the picture lol, maybe it is starting to get better?

ETA: Today is day 75 since the injury.
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post #93 of 139 Old 05-20-2013, 11:27 PM
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It can seem like an age for injuries like this to heal - hang on in there you're doing a great job
Also regarding the barefoot thing I have to say that I disagree with Anabel(?) over the farrier - a normal farrier is usually the last person you want to do a proper barefoot trim.
Farriers trim for a shod foot - they leave the heels too long which interferes with the angles in the leg and the pumping action of the hoof.
As I said the website Iron Free Hoof explains all about these things but it is important you get the right farrier. There are plenty of well qualified people about now - Preferably someone who has trained with Jaime Jackson or Pete Ramey. Good luck


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post #94 of 139 Old 05-21-2013, 12:36 AM
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And again I disagree. A good farrier will have plenty of experience trimming a barefoot hoof. My farrier does a wonderful job on my horses feet. Both are barefoot and my one horse competes at FEI levels nationally and internationally and both horses are very sound. I can ride both over gravel with no ouchyness even though one horse had only been barefoot 6 months.

A barefoot trimmer does not have the training to understand the horses confirmation and adjust the trim to suit the horse, not the method. All I've ever seen from barefoot trimmers is the same "one size fits all" mustang roll, low heel crap. I'm sorry but that is an excellent way to lame a horse who is otherwise sound, and especially a performance horse. As well, if the horse does need other options a barefoot trimmer won't know what to do and will recommend something dumb like working a foot sore horse on hard ground to "toughen up the hooves".

My farrier and many other reputable farriers I know go to lots of seminars, lectures, competitions, etc... where they learn far beyond what a barefoot trimmer can know from a 2 week course. Pleas don't tell me that my farrier who has kept my, and many other, high performance horse sound, is incapable of doing a trim. Seriously? That's BS spread by the barefoot cult. I am all for barefoot horses but I will always defer to a well trained well read and experienced farrier before some wacko with an online degree.
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post #95 of 139 Old 05-21-2013, 01:12 AM
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There ARE good barefoot-only farriers out there [you would call them trimmers... but IMHO a good trim is a good trim, shod hoof or not, so why not call them a barefoot farrier if they know how to trim a horse well?].

The best one in my area has done YEARS of study, university-level degrees, and has studied at-length the anatomy inside a horse's hoof. She uses x-rays to help her know what to do with a foot that needs correctional trimming and is all in all an excellent trimmer. You could slap a shoe on a hoof she's trimmed, easily, with no issues. She just doesn't shoe because she doesn't believe a rim shoe is necessarily the best thing, even for a horse with really REALLY bad feet.

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post #96 of 139 Old 05-21-2013, 01:20 AM
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Anebel,
I think things must be very different where ever you live than they are here.
Most of our barefoot trimmers are extremely well trained and have certainly not just done two week course in hoof trimming!!! In comparison we have a few of farriers who shoe over here (supposedly very well trained as a farrier) who are not properly trained as far as barefoot trimming goes and think going barefoot is simply removing the shoes. Years of training does not necessarily make someone an expert - things change.
You are lucky to have a farrier who truly understand the physiology of the horse.
I would also not call the mustang roll, crap nor low heels - which are actually, if you take a look at wild horse hooves, the norm.
I do agree however that one size does not fit all as far as a trim goes and it depends on a lot of things including conformation, amount and type of work and working surface.


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I won't get caught up in the farrier debate since it is as old as whether or not any other college team will ever be as good as Alabama. Lol

Danio here is a pic of Boo's leg injury in the same location as yours. This was taken last night.

Sorry about the pic quality as there was little light and poor phone camera.
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I won't get caught up in the farrier debate since it is as old as whether or not any other college team will ever be as good as Alabama. Lol

Danio here is a pic of Boo's leg injury in the same location as yours. This was taken last night.

Sorry about the pic quality as there was little light and poor phone camera.
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Oh it's looking very good!
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I always go back and compare it to the first photos to really see the improvements even when it looks bad to me.

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Oh goodness, I look back at Walter's and I cry a little lol! I cannot believe it was so.. deep, and big! I'm not sure why I didn't freak out :p
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