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post #1 of 5 Old 10-11-2009, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Shod before foaling?

We've recently moved in the last 3 weeks, so we had a new farrier out, but my husband just went up with him because I have 12 month old and it is too cold for us all to go up to the barn for long enough to trim 4 horses. The guy did a great job and his father is the head farrier for the Kentucky Horse Park and he was highly recommended by the new vet's office, so I assume he is right about this, but since I didn't talk to him myself, I am just getting part of the story, I suppose, through my husband, but he said our Arab mare needs back shoes before she foals in the early summer and he cut the back feet a little shorter than you usually would to get her standing more on her heels. . .
I understand if she needs corrective work on the back feet to get her more on her heels, but I don't understand the need to do shoes before foaling for the correction . . . lol! What would foaling have to do with it?
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-11-2009, 11:53 AM
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UGH. I'm not sure what you mean by shorter. Were the heels too long/tall? underrun? or is he trimming the toe shorter?

Not a good thing, IMO. Can you tell I am a pro barefoot trim person? But besides that I would definitely not shoe a horse prior to foaling.

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-11-2009, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, he trimmed the toe shorter - - -
Also, I never have any of ours shod here either. . .everyone is barefoot.
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-11-2009, 01:58 PM
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I'd be finding another trimmer. Cutting toes short from the bottom often causes pain. Hiking the heels up is not a good thing. Would love to see pics.

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-11-2009, 02:11 PM
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I'm a bare-footer as well. I don't understand the need to shoe before foaling. I would think that would be more dangerous for other horses (since she may be moody) and the new foal.
If you do find out the reason, do come back and tell us. I'm curious now too

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