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    08-13-2011, 07:02 PM
Stupid question about horse shoes

I wasn't sure which section to put this in and I know this is a dumb question but I've never dealt with the farrier myself before. For us, the farrier comes out, does his thing and we leave a check so I am not there to see what happens or ask questions. I'd like to be there but he just shows up a certain day whenever he gets there and I generally don't have all day to hang around the barn waiting.

Lucky has shoes in the front. Does the farrier replace the shoes every time he trims? Or do they trim around them unless they need replacing? I can't believe I don't know this. I feel seriously ignorant. I'm sorry for having to ask this. Thanks though :)
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    08-13-2011, 08:30 PM
A farrier never trims "around" a shoe. When a horse needs to be re-set, then the shoes are removed, the hoof is trimmed/balanced/rasped, then a new shoe is put back on. My farrier puts a whole new set of shoes on unless I specifically request that he use the old ones for some reason.

Don't be embarrassed , the only stupid question is the one that goes unasked.
    08-13-2011, 08:41 PM
Thank you so much. That's exactly what I wanted to know :)
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    08-14-2011, 12:03 AM
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A lot of farriers will reset steel shoes every other trim. That means they pull steel shoes off, trim the hooves, and then reshoe using the old shoes. Then next trim they get a new set. Depends on the farrier and how much your horse's shoes wear.

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