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post #11 of 24 Old 09-08-2014, 01:24 PM
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Diet is definitely important to hoof health, but hooves chipping after a couple weeks could also be due to the way the hooves were trimmed. The farrier may be leaving them too long or may not be doing a bevel ("mustang roll"). It's also possible the trim is adequate at first, but the horse is not getting enough movement to maintain the bevel- in which case you might look into learning how to do that yourself and just give the hooves a touch up every couple of weeks or so.

When I switched farriers a couple years ago I saw a marked decrease in chipping in my horse's hind feet (the fronts were shod at the time). I'm not sure exactly what the new farrier did differently in his trim, but they went much longer without chipping.
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When I switched farriers a couple years ago I saw a marked decrease in chipping in my horse's hind feet (the fronts were shod at the time). I'm not sure exactly what the new farrier did differently in his trim, but they went much longer without chipping.
Are you still working with that farrier? If so, could you ask and share with the group?
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Are you still working with that farrier? If so, could you ask and share with the group?
I do still use him, but I doubt there's a specific technique that he's following. He'd probably just mumble something about doing it right (mumbling smart aleck answers is one of his trademarks )

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Was going to edit my last post, but took too long!

Here are photos of the last trim the old farrier did and the first trim from the new one. It looks like the old farrier's bevel was more just a vertical dubbing whereas the new one is a little bit more angled, more of a "roll." I'm sure there's more subtlety to it than that of course...

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Thanks for your replies everyone! Will get Dad to rasp her hooves just to give them a touch-up every couple of weeks, and will look into feeds and such that give her the right things for her hooves.
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Like any other service, I think all you can do is ask around, try a few, and see who does better work.
But if you're ignorant of what you're seeing, or the people you ask for refs are... The best you can do IMO is educate yourself on the principles & practices of good farriery, then you won't have to 'try' quite so blindly.
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But if you're ignorant of what you're seeing, or the people you ask for refs are... The best you can do IMO is educate yourself on the principles & practices of good farriery, then you won't have to 'try' quite so blindly.
That's a very good point which applies to much than just farriery.
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That's a very good point which applies to much than just farriery.
...or horses, by far. None of us can know everything, everyone is ignorant on many things & we often don't even realise it - we don't know what we don't know - until we find ourselves in a predicament & learn just how little we know. Such is life! We must all trust blindly to some - I may be a good 'hoof mechanic', but I have next to no idea what goes on under the bonnet of my car & my mechanic has my blind faith...

But I think it's important to keep educating ourselves, & not be close-minded, on matters that are important to us, particularly as relates to our & our pet's health & wellbeing.
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Also, in a 100 years even the experts will be outdated and I'm sure MANY things, quite likely even hooves, people will think "why would they ever do that?" haha. Of course somethings are facts and cannot be changed but we are always discovering new and better information.
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I agree with ^^ :)
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