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        05-26-2010, 12:17 PM
      #11
    Showing
    Well, God has a way of taking us down a peg when we're being unreasonable. Maybe she'll have a big snafu happen at work, and realize that sooner or later everyone makes mistakes.
         
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        05-26-2010, 12:49 PM
      #12
    Banned
    I agree with the crowd that says one mistake is not something I would blow a gasket about.

    And honestly, with the treatment you describe I have a hard time believing the farrier was totally at fault here. One dose of banamine and some leg massages later and the mare is OK and we are blaming it on the farrier?
         
        05-26-2010, 12:54 PM
      #13
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
    I agree with the crowd that says one mistake is not something I would blow a gasket about.

    And honestly, with the treatment you describe I have a hard time believing the farrier was totally at fault here. One dose of banamine and some leg massages later and the mare is OK and we are blaming it on the farrier?
    It took one 1,000lb dose the first day, followed by a 500lb dose the following two days (per her vet) the mare weight appx 800-900lbs. She could barely walk the day following the trim and was 100% sound the day before the trim- we're pretty sure it was caused by the farrier. She was not walking normally until the fourth day following the trim.
         
        05-26-2010, 12:55 PM
      #14
    Banned
    But a too short trim does not resolve itself in 4 days.
         
        05-26-2010, 12:58 PM
      #15
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
    But a too short trim does not resolve itself in 4 days.
    Huh... Well this is a first for me, I've never had a horse turn up totally lame overnight- with or without having just seen a farrier. *knocks wood* Both the vet and farrier said she should be walking better within 2 days. Any ideas as to what else it could've been?
         
        05-26-2010, 01:03 PM
      #16
    Banned
    I guess if the vet and farrier agree that is what it was then fine.

    I am just shocked that it would resolve so quickly. I guess since my is tender footed with out shoes I can not imagine him being fine in a few days.
         
        05-26-2010, 02:37 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    The mare is question goes without shoes (guess I should've mentioned that!) and has been sound to date (2.5 years now I think?). I can see how a horse that is used to going in shoes would take it harder.
         
        05-26-2010, 03:15 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Until you trim and shoe a horse yourself it's hard to understand how easy it is to make a horse a little sore. You don't know they will be sore sometimes until you put the foot down and lead them off. I have rasp a foot down too short and had it bleed a little, put the shoe on and had zero sensitivity. I've trimmed a horse to what I thought was the perfect lenght and there was no sign of sensitivity but when I put the foot down the horse walked like the pain was nearly unbearable.

    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.

    I was thinking that 4 days was a little long for her to be sore from a short trim.
         
        05-26-2010, 03:19 PM
      #19
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    Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
    i was thinking that 4 days was a little long for her to be sore from a short trim.
    I believe you....

    I can just imagine how my horse would be and it would take him quite a bit longer....
         
        05-26-2010, 08:02 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    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.
         

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