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post #1 of 8 Old 12-15-2008, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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Please Critique Athena's Trim

Athena's regular farrier is currently M.I.A. right now, so Athena got her feet done by our other farrier. He's younger, very impatient, and has made more than one of our horses lame before. He says it's because he's just so used to trimming race horses. :roll: I REALLY did not want him to do her feet, but I really didn't have a choice. He didn't have shoes with snowpads, so he just put on plain shoes with borium capped nails on all four. These pictures were taken a few hours after she was done. I tried to get her feet a little cleaner. She is just getting over from having a little thrush, so don't worry I know. Go ahead, be as evil as you want and pick at the little details. I want to know if I should seriously consider finding a different farrier. If you think I should take better photos from different angles or something, feel free to tell me. I'm not very knowledgable with this sorta thing.

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post #2 of 8 Old 12-16-2008, 12:15 AM
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If you could maybe get some pix farther out from the front and sides as she stands still. It is really hard to see from these pix.

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I'm not knowledgeable with trims/shoeing, but I just want to say that her hind hooves look odd. Her actual hooves look like they're buldging, and with her left hind, it looks like she has no heals.
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Now that I look again, I think you are right appy. It looks like he left her toes longer than they needed to be and cut her heels too short creating that underslung look. It is especially noticable on the left hind. I would definitely try to find another farrier and not let him shoe her again.

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They do look underslung a little. Not severe.

But umm....thsoe hooves dont look too healthy...i mean in general. Do you put anything on them? There seem to be a lot of cracks/chips and it looks like maybe peeling? Im not sure. but definitely get a second opinion.

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post #6 of 8 Old 12-16-2008, 04:15 PM
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i agree, the toes look long and the heals are gone ...

have you thought about strengthening your horses hooves at all? they look quite beat up ...

but id look for someone different if i was you, ask around bc having someone recommended to you is the best.

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But umm....thsoe hooves dont look too healthy...i mean in general. Do you put anything on them? There seem to be a lot of cracks/chips and it looks like maybe peeling? Im not sure. but definitely get a second opinion.
Her usual farrier would not answer my calls to come out and do her feet. I had to wait almost 10 weeks for her to get her feet done by another farrier, so during that time a few of her shoes fell off, and her feet chipped/cracked b/c of it. As I said, her feet are a little dirty, some hay was stuck between the shoe I think in one of her hind photos/the pics aren't really great/bad quality and lighting. I'm trying to find a new farrier, so I can keep her on a schedule instead of hunting her current one down every 6 weeks and to make sure her feet are trimmed right.
BTW, she has some wet shavings stuck to her feet. They're not peeling.
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If worst comes to worst finding someone to trim her, the US Ferriers Association posts a list by state and region of their members and their credentials. Google ferriers. Then talk to your top pick and watch them work with the horse carefully before they touch the feet. Most good ones won't mind giving you other clients as references either.

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