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        12-29-2010, 06:36 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    The longest my horses have went without a trim is 12 weeks. I wouldn't wait 5 months. Tell her she needs to come back before then or you'll find another farrier.
         
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        12-29-2010, 06:36 PM
      #12
    Showing
    Just call in 2 months and say something like "blah-blah-blah I'm really worried his hoofs look too long... Could I do it in March?". I mean, if you are happy with everything else, why not.
         
        12-29-2010, 06:37 PM
      #13
    Trained
    Good point. Thanks, ladies!
         
        12-29-2010, 07:28 PM
      #14
    Foal
    It depends on the horse. My pony only gets trimmed about once a year, and my horse only gets trimmed about 3-4 times a year. They both just have strong hooves.
         
        12-29-2010, 10:43 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
    Thats the thing... there's not many farriers here that will come out to where we are.
    After realizing that you and the horse and farrier are separated by an ocean, and the horse is in an area without a lot of farriers, I am betting that the farrier was telling you that it would be okay to wait until May, for your peace of mind.

    My farrier mentions all the time how much it costs him to drive to places with just one or two horses - he doesn't want to charge them a bigger trip fee but he loses money because of the price of gas and drive time, instead of seeing more clients. She may know how hard it is to get someone out there and is telling you that your horse won't be harmed by waiting longer between trims.
         
        12-29-2010, 11:28 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    I think the longest I've went in between trims was about 10 weeks. The fronts were flaring pretty bad by then. I usually try & have them done ever 4 to 6 weeks. If I'm riding a lot I can wait about 8 weeks. My buckskin's feet don't grow that fast, but she doesn't wear them evenly (I think its her conformation). I have to keep her on a 4 week schedule to keep the flairing under control.
    I would say that waiting until May is too long to go into between trims, but my horse aren't in a large pasture.
         
        12-30-2010, 04:07 AM
      #17
    Trained
    Haven't read all responses, but I'll add my 2c worth... *Generally speaking* yes, it's way too long. IMO generally anything longer than 6 weeks max is too long. BUT as others have said, it does depend. So perhaps you could post pics, for us to see his hooves and make a more informed guess about trimming?
         
        12-30-2010, 09:18 AM
      #18
    Yearling
    I go 8 weeks all year round. When I had my Mustang and boarded him in the winter I don't remember he coming during the winter at all from like November until like March, but not any longer than that. May is kinda a long time in between out here its really summery in May so it seems like he would be starting to ride more by then. I would get it done in March or April.
         
        12-30-2010, 09:20 AM
      #19
    mls
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
    Just call in 2 months and say something like "blah-blah-blah I'm really worried his hoofs look too long... Could I do it in March?". I mean, if you are happy with everything else, why not.
    And perhaps she meant March but said May?
         
        12-30-2010, 09:50 AM
      #20
    Foal
    Id say that will be fine my 2 barefoot havnt been done since june ar earlier yes they may chip but generally just wear them thereselves
    They get ridden a couple a times a week. And they acatualy don't need doing yet
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