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Well, I told my former trimmer that the new person will be taking over. I feel absolutely horrible because she has been so kind and generous with advice over the years. But it's clear to me that my horses have chronic issues that are not getting resolved. Continuing to do what we always did isn't fixing anything, so I decided to take the leap. I hope I don't regret it.
 

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Well, I told my former trimmer that the new person will be taking over. I feel absolutely horrible because she has been so kind and generous with advice over the years. But it's clear to me that my horses have chronic issues that are not getting resolved. Continuing to do what we always did isn't fixing anything, so I decided to take the leap. I hope I don't regret it.
I am in the exactly same boat! I love my former farrier - except he never managed to get the long toes and underrun heels under control. In fact, things deteriorated over the years :cry:
Made the leap and tried a new farrier and lo and behold, after 3 trims we are actually getting somewhere! It is still a work in progress (and will probably be for a while), but we are going in the right direction...
 

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It is really hard to let go of those old relationships isn't it? In some ways, I feel I have outgrown her. When we met four years ago, after I bought our first horse, she was so knowledgeable and taught me so much. Probably more so than all my other horse mentors. But after four years, I feel that some of the things she recommended were useful, and some not so much. The problem is that she is continuing to walk down the same path, trimming the same way she always did. I respect that she is dedicated to her method, but the chronic problems aren't going away. When I bring up issues, she gives the same advice every time even though it has not worked so far.

My new trimmer thinks that Harley's issues may be partly related to his long toes and underrun heels, and that what we are taking as arthritic pain might actually be accentuated, or even partly caused by his trims. The idea that he might start to feel better and move better if we address these issues is worth exploring in my view. Because imagine if he could actually be way more comfortable and continue to do some low jumping for a few more years! We had just accepted that there was nothing we could do to help him, but what if there is?
 
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