Originally Posted by kevinshorses
Until you trim and shoe a horse yourself it's hard to understand how easy it is to make a horse a little sore.
...... Don't judge a farrier too harshly if it only happens rarely. She may have had a chip or other flaw that he was trying to get out and trimmed shorter than he otherwise would have.
Trimming our mares myself, I agree that it is not hard to make some horses sore; there are so many variables that affect the hoof.
However, in talking to the farriers that I have learned from, I believe that at least with barefoot horses, some of them trim 'aggressively' to 1) make a trim last 8 weeks even if the horse may need to be trimmed more often and 2) make the hoof 'cosmetically pretty' e.g. Rasping out some flaws when there is really no mechanical need to.