if one of my farriers were willing to teach me, if the whole reason I'm wanting to learn in the first place is that they arent good enough, there could be many issues with that xD I'd be terrified of messing up and hurting her as well. I already rasp her feet myself between trimmings, but I'm not so sure about the actual trimming!
Yeah, learning from an incompetent farrier...
But if you work on educating yourself about the theory - hoof function, balance, etc & have a farrier instruct you to better your skills, you shouldn't do too badly. *I do think it's vital to learn the theory well, as well as getting practiced under instruction/a mentor first, if at all possible & not advising you just jump in if you're not sure of the details. If you're rasping in between trims, what do you call that if not trimming??
It appears her heels are high & toes a bit long, so if you concentrated on improving balance - gradually lowering heels & backing toes, while you keep employing a farrier regularly to (hopefully, if they're decent) check & correct your work...
She did have a foal last year (NOT by my choice but it was too late to give her the shot >.>) so its definitely possible. I've tried to keep her work fairly light, and I didn't start lunging her until she was almost three, at only a walk and some light trotting. She was hooked up to a cart for the first time as a 3 1/2 year old, but I've tried to only do walking and 10-15 minutes of trotting under cart, absolutely no cantering. I don't plan to canter her at all because I really only want her as a pleasure cart horse, but if I do, it will be well after she turns five, or closer to six. She was being lunged at a canter for 2-3 minutes at a time in a 25' circle though, until I started noticing that she was having problems. I'm definitely going to look into a chiro as soon as possible, now that I know someone else is noticing it too. I don't want her in any sort of pain!
That's very interesting about the rain scald. I suppose it could be possible! I think she has four of them, exactly along her spine in the middle of her back, and they're quarter to dime sized, depending on the spine. She's had them since I started working with her as a seven month old, and they haven't gotten any bigger or added in numbers, and I was always curious about what they were![/QUOTE]