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Hey guys,
I was just wondering, well, I have a gelding on a 2 week trial before I commit to the buy (so I get to take him for a test drive as it were, in my home environment, so he can get used to it - I dunno if you do it across the pond very often - kind of like a 2 week lease and if I'm not happy I get to have my money back)

My problem is, they were meaning to get his feet done before he came to me, but their farrier bailed last minute, so his feet still need doing now. They aren't terrible and aren't really too long, but he has front shoes on, and one is a little loose (a bit "clangy")

Now, my farrier's terrible to get at short notice, and the only time he can get is Friday 5th July. This poses a problem, as this is the day when I have to decide does he stay or go!

In the 2 weeks I have him I wanted to ride him and take him on a few short trail rides... but I'm worried about his shoe! It's not bothering him and he's not lame; and it's not noticeably loose or hanging off. All I want to do is walk him on roads, and do a few short bursts of trot and canter out on the trail... but is that a terrible idea with his shoe?! I have no idea what to do as I really need to try him now before I have to make a decision.

Thoughts? (I know this is a far from ideal situation... but it is barely loose, just a little noisy when taking a step)

*Also, just to note, I don't have my nippers any more to take them off, besides, I wouldn't feel really comfortable taking them off myself.
 

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Can't you jusk to reschedule for a week or so from now after his owner has had him re-shod? Chances are he'd be sore anyways, if you removed the shoes and started doing trails now anyways.
 

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I can't really as he's already here and they're not particularly local to me for them to pick him up, have his feet done, and bring him back to me :/
 

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Can you ask permission to get your own farrier out for him?
 

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Sure would help if you all had duct tape there, but I know you don't. That is one thing we always take to my sister-in-law. That is what I would do when I wanted to ride....at least for now.
 

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Would you be able to ask around and see if there is another good farrier around? Another idea is, if you're the only one really biting at the horse, maybe you could ask to extend the trial to make certain you sit well with the horse. If they aren't willing, is it worth a horse going lame over or you getting stuck with a nutty horse? I'm not very familiar with short leases before buying, and it isn't a super common practice around here. I have tested horses out buy their owner, and we've had some people that want to make sure their horses go to the best home possible and are very willing to take them back or hold a check if it doesn't work out.
 

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franknbeans, thankfully we do have duct tape haha (and believe me, I use it to fix everything! There's that saying "If duct tape doesn't fix it... then you're not using enough duct tape!") How much do you apply and where?

There are other people very interested in him, so I was lucky to have him on trial as it is. It's not really, really common practice here, but it is increasing and makes sure you and the horse are happy together (shoulda done it with my mare! But that's another story)

Endiku, my farrier is coming, but not for nearly 2 weeks :/
 

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Would it be feasible to ask them for an extra week trial after you have his feet done? You would then have lots of time to just mess with him and do some light riding at home until the farrier gets there, then a week to spend on the trails with good shoes and probably a pretty good bond started. :)
 

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Are you sure it is even loose? My mare has one foot that always sounds clangy when she walks with shoes even right after they get put on. Always has sounded like that. It almost looks like she puts that foot down just a tad harder than the other.
 

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I think if they sent him to you with shoes barely hanging on, I would do what I needed to do , and if he threw the shoe, I would notify them at that time, and ask to use the horse the additional time that he was down. Surely they do not expect you to just feed their horse for a couple of weeks waiting for the farrier.
 

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Thanks for your advice guys, well, he managed to throw 2 shoes in 2 days, which made me a little mad at the owners for not getting it sorted, and he's still got a couple nails in. But never mind because from doing ground work with him, I've found out he definitely is not the horse I'm looking for, so he's going back soon.
 

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This is way late to the game and I'm sure you've sent him back by now but I wouldn't buy a horse from someone who sent him to me for a trial with his feet in that condition. Glad things worked out and you were able to decide he wasn't for you even if you couldn't ride him like you wanted.
 
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