I agree, I have had horses come with horrible shoes thrown on over no trimming, and in fact was prepared to fire the current farrier until he complained about the atrocious work that had been done when the horses were not at our farm. I had not said anything while he was shoeing that day, but was prepared to inspect the work as soon as he left. He began commenting to me as to who would have done such a horrible job on the horses. When he explained that he had not put the shoes on, nor did he have any control over who did, I was double happy, triple when I realized I hadn't gotten foot in mouth falsely accusing him. But what I am hearing from your responses is that most of you would have a farrier examine your work, after serious counseling over what you will be expected to do. This is not the case in this situation. I hate to be judgemental, but these people have very limited experience with this one horse, and I know the instruction couldn't have been more than a few hours with the trainer, while the shoes were still on. They said, they have been taught, but I don't feel like they see the forest for the trees in this scenario. Also no farrier will be checking their work or has as of yet. My one relief is to see that the horse doesn't seem sore from not having shoes, but I almost wish he had, so they would forgo the idea all together. I suppose that my concern isn't so much that the horse will sustain damage, though it might, but that a professional after a one week clinic, would tell someone to just pull his shoes and do it themselves. He doesn't see or monitor the horse after doling out such advice, yet after a week of knowing them feels that they are prepared to take on shoes? I can face clip, body clip, braid, show groom, polo, bandage, give an IV or IM shot, pull a mane, but I wouldn't really trust my best guess at what a good trim is over a long period of time. These people have their horse pull away and get lose once a week, is that the kind of person who should be advised to do their own trimming? I was trying to stay neutral, but I suppose my true rant come out now. Don't let my bias deter you if you really feel this is safe advice on something even a novice horseperson can be expected to do.
Troubled TB ~"A thorn by any other name will prick just as deep." @-'--,---