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  1. Hoof health and Care
    I got my gelding feral. He is great with his front feet but not so good with his back... We have gotten them up before, and he is NOT a kicker, he just doesn't have balance. Any tips for safely picking them up without stressing him out? We really need to get him accustomed to it before the...
  2. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I have a horse who was turned out out for a few years. I have been working with him on manners and just general things he should know. He was picking up his feet nicely for me but recently he found out that if he puts all his weight into that leg I will drop his foot. He has just about fallen on...
  3. Horse Talk
    Hi all! My name is Tristian and I'm in the last stages of farrier school- I'm hoping to start up my own LLC very soon, however, I'm struggling with the name aspect of things. At first glance, 'First Choice Farrier' sounded pretty good but the more that I looked at it the less I liked it. It...
  4. Hoof health and Care
    Hi, everyone. I an new to the forum so I hope I’m posting in the correct thread. I recently moved to SW Arkansas (Ben Lomond) and I have been trying to find a fairly local farrier with no success. I have 3 AQHA horses, 2 mares and a weanling filly that are in need of a trim. They are all...
  5. Hoof health and Care
    Hi I’m at my wits end on how to help my horse. (Pictures are after I made the farrier trim her frogs) I have an OTTB mare who is usually barefoot in the winter. She lost a shoe a month or so ago so I took off other shoe off myself since the shoes were coming off anyways. She had been...
  6. Hoof health and Care
    Hello we have just moved two horses from very wet and filthy conditions to a nice new environment. They've been having their hooves cleaned and treated for thrush, but this sweet mare has developed a limp and upon extreme cleaning of front hooves we've found a deep deep hole in both front...
  7. Hoof health and Care
    Since I've moved back to Alabama in 2012, I've had 3 different farriers. One was awesome but never showed up when he said he would. One was awesome but was getting out of the farrier business, and the one I had most recently was good--but kind of a butt. He did a great job on hooves. He told me...
  8. Hoof health and Care
    Are any of you using the Apex Trim Method? You can find it on youtube or Facebook. I don't have a horse right now (:cry:) but I saw my friend's mare yesterday after not seeing her for a while and the change in her feet and movement is amazing! Just wondering if anyone else has seen such...
  9. Hoof health and Care
    So we recently got a mule from a family friend and he's a little over a year old. He is sweet but can be pushy on the ground and is obviously very smart but knows how to test his handler. We have been working mostly on haltering, leading, backing up, respecting space, etc. I'm able to pick up...
  10. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    My mare used to have decent manners for the farrier but has lately being having very dangerous behaviour. I had to get a new farrier, there is very limited farriers in my area, and the one i am using now is very knowledgeable and patient, but ever since he started coming my mare has been awful...
  11. Hoof health and Care
    Ive been using this great farrier for a year and he was tossing around the idea of offering a year contract where you pay upfront for 9 farm visits and he'd take off 20%. I'm contemplating the idea as it would save me about $400. One of my horses has advanced laminitis (wears special rubber...
  12. Hoof health and Care
    Hay y'all! I've just got a question or two about shoes for my gelding. I know a bit about the actual process of shoeing but not a bit about the different kinds of shoes. CJ tripped a bit more than he should have (see a related forum on that here...
  13. Hoof health and Care
    long story short, i switched farriers 2 months ago and recently switched to a new one after my horse had sudden lameness for two months. new farrier was upset to find my horse's heels were badly crushed, she was walking on her toes, and was so sore in the hamstrings she couldn't even trot. good...
  14. Horse Talk
    I have had fancy jumpers who all had shoes. I do not know what a farrier should cost for a trim on my new barefoot project. Thanks
  15. Horse Articles
    To Be or Not To Be Barefoot I must be bored and looking for a fight because this article is one of those that will ruffle some feathers and possibly garner a death threat or two. Be advised that the advice and tips to follow are marginal as I have no formal training in the world of the Hoof...
  16. Horse Health
    Hello, I wanted to know what exactly I have to pay for every year in vet bills, farrier, and the dentist and if y'all could specify what I have to pay for. Sorry if this doesn't make sense it's kinda hard to explain, ahah! :smile:
  17. Hoof health and Care
    Saw a mare listed on Facebook I am interested in but noticed the rear hooves look rather short compared to her front. Thoughts?
  18. Hoof health and Care
    Hey everyone, looking for some opinions :) Warning - LONG story! I just switched farriers. Old farrier, DENNIS, lived over an hour away and I was actually outside his usual zone, but I managed to convince him to come out this way. He was a certified 'barefoot trimmer'. I think he did a...
  19. Hoof health and Care
    Hi, I recently started caring for my horse on my own. Usually I have had someone at the school I went to who organised the farrier etc. My horse TV usually needs doing every 6 weeks but this time of year it varies and last time he needed doing after 4 weeks and it was well overdue. How do I...
  20. Horse Talk
    I just got word last night that my farrier is no longer doing trimming. :sad: It's not a huge issue for me because there is another farrier who comes to the farm who is good and he loves my Honey. So, what's the big deal then? Why the vent? It's the reason why she is quitting, and I can't...
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