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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I've been told time and time again that mule hooves need to be trimmed differently than horse hooves.
My 7 week old molly miniature mule looks like she's already needing a trim, her toes are very long compared to her little play mate's, who is 10 weeks old. I'm getting Sour's feet trimmed next Monday, but I was talking to my farrier (he's new to me, this is only going to be his second time trimming Sour's feet so I really don't know what I think of his work yet. He seems knowledgable though, and very honest) and he says that he really hasn't ever trimmed mule hooves before. So, ofcourse, I started looking for someone that specialized or at least has experience with mules but there are none in my area that I can find for at least 55 miles, way too far for me to have someone drive every 6 weeks O_o
Now I'm in a pickle. My farrier said that he could research mule trimming over the next week and take a hack at it (thats literally what he said O.O) himself, or I could wait a few weeks and keep trying to find some sort of mule trimmer. I'm really not sure that I will be able to though, as we have limited farriers in the area and not many are very reliable or truthful. They just try to con extra money out of you >.> should I let my farrier try it and hope for the best (it looks to me like she just needs a bit taken off of the heels) or should I risk waiting? I don't want her to get too long and possibly stretch tendons that shouldn't be stretched or something, but I also don't want her feet to be messed up on the first trim. What do you guys think I should do?
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