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post #1 of 15 Old 11-30-2012, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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Trimming Feet

My coming 2 year old filly has never had her feet trimmed (I got her almost 3 months ago) and I have been trying to get the farrier to come out since I got her, her feet are starting to chip and crack and I would get another farrier to come but there is only 1 in the area!

My question is, is there anything I can do with her feet to prevent them from cracking more until the farrier comes? He is suppose to come within the next few weeks (hopefully) but I need him to come now!!!
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never? O_o why won't he come sooner? Thats a crummy farrier if you ask me, if he's asking you to wait a few weeks.

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never? O_o why won't he come sooner? Thats a crummy farrier if you ask me, if he's asking you to wait a few weeks.
He has other farms to go to first as he is the only one around really. I got her as an untouched yearling, nothing done with her at all (not even touched)
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My question is, is there anything I can do with her feet to prevent them from cracking more until the farrier comes? He is suppose to come within the next few weeks (hopefully) but I need him to come now!!!
Sure, get a rasp and touch them up a bit.

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Have you been working with her, so she's ready and willing to have a stranger pick her hooves up and do things to them?

If not, the farrier who's too busy to come, may refuse to work on her once he gets to your farm.

I would also call local vets (including small animal) to see if they know of other farriers or barefoot trimmers in the area. One of the top farriers in my area is married to one of the vets where I take my dogs and cats, for example.

I would also call area boarding barns and training facilities - even if they are 50 miles away. When I first moved to TN, my shoer lived 30 miles away but had clients up to 100 miles away in the next state.

There's more than one person around to trim your horse's hooves - it's just a matter of digging deep and doing some good detective work

In the meantime, work work work with her hooves so she's not a nutcase when somebody does show up
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There are other people, about 3 hours away, but they expect me to bring her there and charge more. I would bring her to the farrier, but I don't have a horse trailer and the people who own the farm where I board also have horses and use him to trim their hooves too.
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I also work with her hooves daily and the farrier we will get charges 20 dollars a horse rather then the others charge 30-50 dollars a horse.
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You get what you pay for - you are willing to tolerate a farrier who shows up when he wants, has no regard for the needs of your horse's feet to have attention now, etc all for the sake of a few $$$. Fork out the extra $$$ and have your horse attended to by a professional who is available when YOU need them.
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It is not up to me who does my horses feet unless I take her somewhere which I cannot. Also, I have seen him do trimmings with another few horses and he is really good. He takes the time and I know for a fact that he will keep on trying if a horse will not pick up its hooves.
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its not a matter of "keep trying to pick up their feet" if they don't cooperate. A good farrier usually refuses a dangerous or hard to handle horse because they can and do get hurt and then they are out of work and then their clients are backed up. most of them will do basic training and correct a horse but not if its because the owner isn't willing to train as well. if owners aren't willing then neither are good farriers. they won't come back. we pay $50 for a trim and $150 shod all the way around every five weeks for five horses but our farrier is amazing. i wouldn't go to another farrier just to save $70 on a set of shoes that looks like crap or save $30 for a half done trim. if i call my farrier with an issue he comes asap. he works as a farrier five days a week and as an engineer seven days a weeks. i don't know when he sleeps but he has done this for fifteen years and still manages to put his clients first.
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