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        01-09-2011, 09:37 PM
    Please get those front feet taken care of! No heel / long toes can create terrible long term degenerative problems!!!

    My rescue horse has DJD from that very thing because of how he was treated by his former owners and he is only seven!
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        01-10-2011, 08:04 AM
    This is her right after I bought her, November 2009. Are the heels the same here or is this a problem created by the farrier? We have used several trying to find the right one and the guy I am using now does all the natural trim stuff. How do I help her. BTW she is woozy in this picture she just had dental work done. Thanks!
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        01-10-2011, 11:25 AM
    Green Broke
    I will say it is definitely created by the farrier. When I rescued Hunter he had absolutely no heels and walked totally wrong and his front legs were twisted. Then I found a fabulous farrier who has been working with them for the past year and now he has heel and his legs are straight. I will see if I can find comparison picts.
        01-10-2011, 11:38 AM
    Green Broke
    OK these are the best I could find

    First one was when I adopted him (2ish years old - we think he is younger)
    You can see his front right is twisted.

    Second one was last summer (3 years old - we think)

    I would have a different farrier out to have a look
        01-10-2011, 11:55 AM
    I agree on a different farrier. Try to address this while she's young.

    Improper angles, specifically under run heels, cause tremendous strain to the ligaments/tendons. Over time it can cause heel pain, back soreness etc.

    BTW, beautiful horse Hunter65. Kudos for getting his feet properly taken care of :)
        01-10-2011, 12:49 PM
    I am paying $50 a trim every 6 weeks for her. I thought I was doing the best for her. Does any one know if the natural trimming has lower heels for a reason? I of course want to do what is best for her. Thanks for the help. Could I tell my farrier now to keep heels longer or would you reccomend someone totally different?
        01-10-2011, 01:14 PM
    Green Broke
    Thanks Streakin - He is my bud and has been through a lot

    Where are you located Tamara? I pay $35 for a trim and she does an awesome job. Maybe ask your current farrier first and if they don't see any problem with the way she looks now then definitely try a new farrier.
        01-10-2011, 01:37 PM
    I am in Alabama. I will talk to him about it for sure before I have him come again. I am little worried now, but I will get her taken care of. Thanks!

    Your guy is really cute btw!
        01-10-2011, 05:03 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by TamaraB    
    I am in Alabama. I will talk to him about it for sure before I have him come again. I am little worried now, but I will get her taken care of. Thanks!

    Your guy is really cute btw!
    Thanks :0)
        01-11-2011, 03:21 AM
    Be careful. Just because someone uses words like and "natural" or "barefoot" does not make them an excellent farrier / trimmer. A bad barefoot trim can do just as much damage as a bad shoeing. There are great barefoot trimmers and great farriers but not all of them are created equal just because they fall into one of two buckets. :(

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