About the trimming -
Nelson and I are now paying for 1 year of errors made by our previous farrier. Most people think that TB's are born with natural horrible feet, which I believed for years as well, and my previous farrier kept telling me that too "There's nothing I can do, he is just how he is, work around it" - and that's garbage.
When I bought Nelson and for the year I owned him - his toes were long, no heels what-so-ever and very thin soles. So I had him shod all round with pads. I was forking out big money for this.....without even realizing how incorrect it was.
Nelson had hock issues, he would come out of his stall in the A.M for turn out with swollen ankles. I thought he had to begin Legend Injections. I had him on joint suppliments. His movement wasn't that great either - I had to ride hard just to get him to even track up. He couldn't keep a shoe on if his life depended on it.
Until - one fateful day, he lost a shoe, yet again - and I called my farrier at the time to come out and replace it, but he couldn't because he was on his way to Texas for vacation - so I had to find another farrier right away.
Due to this, I learnt allot! I have a new farrier, and I learnt that correct angles and correct trimming to allow blood flow, is what makes a healthy hoof.
Guess what - Nelson now has THICK soles. He actually has HEELS and his toes were brought back immensely - he is no longer on joint suppliments. He doesn't have any hock issues, his movement is HUGE and LOFTY - and a much happier horse.
- - - - So it isn't just having their feet done, it is having the right farrier, who is educated and up to date on all techniques, so that your horse has blood flow, correct angles according to their pasturns and hips/shoulders - - - - -
But it took that 1 day of he throwing his shoe, to be educated on how it should be done.
Just thought I'd share that.
I don't know why farriers who don't know what they are doing bother trying to balance a horse and trim their precious feet.
For about a year, I was trimming Daisy's (and my other horses') feet with the farrier that the boarding stable had come out. After EVERY trim, Daisy was lame for about a day. So sore that she didn't want to do anything, not even go out for turn out.
I addressed this with the farrier, and he said it's because her feet are so small, blah blah blah, that's just how she was, nothing he could do about it. For some reason, I accepted this.
Then both my girls got huge abscesses in their feet, and were lame for about a month.
I decided to switch farriers. Called my vet and had him recommend one.
Guess what - Daisy doesn't go lame after every trim anymore. My new farrier knows exactly how much to trim on her tiny little feet, and knows where to stop, and how to balance her.
Farriers who make excuses should not trim horse's feet.