I sure hope he doesn't need to be trimmed more often. I can barely afford him now! He's only at 4 weeks right now. We normally don't go past 6.
Do not go any shorter than 6 weeks. Nelson is on 6 weeks as well, if I were to go any shorter of a time period than that, then there would be no where to put the nails for the shoes, and there would be no growth.
Nelson does the same thing MyBoyPuck. It is called lazyness or sloppyness. It isn't that he is being lazy as in not wanting to work - I mean as in not knowing that he needs to pick up his feet more accurately.
As George Morris stresses to those who jump low fences or grids continuoulsy - teaches a horse to be sloppy. Meaning they don't tuck as they shoud and they drop their backs instead of rounding them.
Same idea - just not as dramatic.
Over the time where Nelson and I took a year off *from lessons and compeating*, we would trail ride and he would trip, stumble, fumble. It was quite frustrating, especially when he would trip and catch himself in the mouth with the bit.
So I set up cavaletti's in the arena *had them upside down so they were trot poles* and worked on going over those for a few days. Then I would rotate the cavaletti's so they were on their side, raising the "pole" part a bit higher up off the ground, and did the same until eventually they were upright.
The higher we went, the higher Nelson lifted his legs - and yes, this stopped him from being sloppy out on the trails.