Wacky Farrier Advice
So I had Diesels feet done last week. It's been horrid out here lately so he was at about 7 weeks. His feet weren't long but were starting to begin to look like they would start flaring in the fronts soon.
Trimming went fine, they looked great. It took about 10-15 minutes. The farrier then told me not to reschedule for another trim till May :shock:
She said its common with horses in my area because of the footing but I've always been on a 6 week schedule.
Should I run away as fast as I can?
I usually let my horses feet go until spring after the last winter trim, but I don't ride a lot during the winter, so I guess it depends on you and how much your horses feet grow.. Of course if any of my horses feet get out of hand in the least bit we get them done.
Also, I don't wait as long as until May.
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He's not being ridden right now and I'm leaving for school shortly so he will be ridden very rarely in the coming months. His feet grow very slowly but I've never heard of that long between trims
My horses only get done every 10 weeks, we started at 6 week intervals and bumped them back at every visit until we settled at 10 weeks. Their feet wear naturally on their own, they are also barefoot.
Mine go about 3 months between trims. Longer in the winter, shorter in the summer. But we have hard ground and they keep them worn pretty evenly on their own. If mine were done every 6 weeks there wouldn't be anything to trim. It really depends on the horse.
I have never heard of that long of a break between trims. If your horse is running in pasture with lots of natural hoof-wearing terrain and has a tendency to chip/wear perfectly evenly, I suppose you could get away with that. I'm in the US so don't know much about NZ geography. However, we're in winter up here and you're in your summer in NZ, right? I could get by until March, in a pinch, but not till May....but hooves don't grow as long in the winter as in the summer.
You say he's beginning to flare so that tells me that he's not growing out a perfectly healthy, well-shaped hoof just from natural wear. If you like her and how your horse's feet look after the trims, and want to keep her, ask her to explain. If she wants to keep you as a client she'll respect that.
At the place I used to keep Lacey, they'd trim once in the fall and then leave the horses until May when they'd trim them once. The horses got trimmed about 3 times a year, once in May, July, and September.
Personally, I thought it was really lazy of them. Lacey had so many issues with her feet after the year they did that to her (before I owned her owned her). They were all very flared and really long (long enough that Lacey would trip constantly). I can see where they were coming form since they had a bunch of horses and not a lot of money, but still. It caused way more problems than it solved, at least for Lacey. Now, a little over a year later, the issues that were created are mostly solved through regular trimming, but that was with a lot of work and getting her trimmed really often (like once every5 weeks).
Personally, I'd run away really fast. It's my opinion that since horses can't talk, we need to do everything as perfectly as possible for them since they can't tell us what they need, and that includes hoof trimming as often as needed, whether the horse is ridden or not. Just my 2 cents. :)
Whoops sorry, the horse is in Montana. He's running on about 20 acres with cattle and a donkey over hills, rocks, and the snow. Obviously he's barefoot or else he'd be sliding too and from his round bale.
His hinds never flare, but I've always had issues with his fronts flaring. I've rescheduled sooner or later depending on how they seem to be waring but I think the longest he's ever gone is about 8 weeks when he was really wearing them down on their own.
She says that about an hour away she keeps them on a 6 - 7 week rotation but here they wear them naturally on their own. I do like her because she handles him well, but I will be having my mom send me pictures of his feet while I am away to keep on top of it.
I was thinking about calling her and asking her to elaborate more though.
5 months is way too long... Even with the winter... I go on 6-7 weeks in summer, 8-9 in winter, and they still grow. I'm not sure "running away", if the farrier did a good job and there are not too many choices where you live just ask for earlier appointment. But if you have lots of farriers in area, may be finding a different one is a good idea.
Thats the thing... there's not many farriers here that will come out to where we are. She did a good job on him, but that kind of made me do a double take. I think I'll have pictures sent at his normal time and see how he looks and reschedule earlier if he needs it.
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