Originally Posted by NorthernMama
So, a farrier was out in August. He's been lame ever since. Another farrier came out and said the shoe was loose. The second farrier said she'd be back to fix it. Have I got it right?
If so, then the problem is that the horse does not have sufficient and proper hoof care. August to January between farrier visits is far too long. Leaving a horse lame for months on end without improvement or knowing why is inexcusable. Leaving a loose shoe is inexcusable. Get those shoes off, get the hooves healed; proper hoof care in this case probably means every 3 - 4 weeks until the hoof is under control. Then 4 - 6 weeks depending on the horse, environment and type of work. If necessary to re-shoe, wait until the hoof is healed though I am a proponent of barefoot.
Teach yourself about hoof care. Your horse will benefit.
Thanks we are going to get her out here to take shoes off and then do some corrective shoeing cause he is leaninh fat back on his heels and leave him barefoot until summer. And thanks for the advise. I had no clue it was bothering me why he was limping I had no clue. How does it feel to a horse when they have loose shoes?