03-30-2011, 08:59 AM
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Thanks for all the replies and I agree about the importance of having a good farrier.
I was going to get the farrier out this Friday but then I remembered I had an orientation day at the college so it'll be next Friday or Saturday. The only thing I'm concerned about is he didn't go to school for it. Another farrier in the area that I used to use, but quit using him years ago, taught him and then he went and got certified with the Working Farriers Association but since he's the only one I could find we'll give him a shot but if he trims and shoes anything like his teacher I suspect he'll only be out once.
I'm still looking for another farrier in the meantime. Wish my old farrier would do it full time but I think he works on the boats and he isn't home much, but he did tell me he would do my horses for me. He is awesome and he's really the only one who went to school for it and he has so much patience with them.
I did have them on Superhorse 14, which was 14% protein, 2.50% fat and it had calf manna added, but now I have switched them to Ozark Trails 14. It is a pellet but still 14% protein, 2% fat and 22% fiber. It doesn't have the molasses that the superhorse had but it's a complete feed which I think may help since there's not much grass out here yet.
I'm trying to find hay to buy also since the last hay we had delivered was very bad and after the colic scare I'm not fooling around with poor quality feed, hay, or anything.
I will try to get good pics of her hooves later today. I know there are some problems with them, the right front toes out more than the left, there is more wear on the outside edge of the hoof wall on the fronts, she's flat footed on the fronts which makes her prone to bruising, longish toes in front and thrush that has seemed to stick around all winter because it's been very wet. Her back feet look great, not cracked, no long toe, no uneven wear, and her feet aren't flat.
I do the best I can at just keeping her toes trimmed, I've studied it but I'm nowhere near professional. I'll also post pics of Sundance's hooves, I'll do a before/after trim comparison.