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Mustang Trim/Natural Trim vs Traditional Trim
#61
Thanks for the pictures Candace. (Say thanks to Jesse for us too).

I bet Beth is a pretty busy Farrier.

Hook(ed)......on Horses

"The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. " Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
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#62
I hope everyone is having a good 2010 so far. I miss everyone.

I need to catch up with everyone soon, in order to try to manage some unexpected debt I have taken a management position at work and am working long crazy hours. I try to jump on and read whenever possible but I never seem able to write a post. I have a few minutes before work this morning....

Joe and Rocky's feet look very good. Unfortunately I am unable to use Beth any longer so I am in the market for a new farrier. Her cost is almost double what I had been paying and I wanted to go to a 12 week schedule until my finances improve and she refused to accomodate me through this tough financial time [V] saying 6 weeks is the longest period she is willing to go. However when I first started using her and hubby had issue with the extra expense, she offered to put Rocky on the every other trim cycle and for several trims he was done every 10 weeks. I am trying not to have hard feelings about that.

I may have to invest in a file and try my own hand at trimming! [:O]

This leads me to the question:

How many forum folks (I know Hook does) trim their own horses feet and should I fear trying it for myself?


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#63
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Originally posted by ILoveJoe

I hope everyone is having a good 2010 so far. I miss everyone.

I need to catch up with everyone soon, in order to try to manage some unexpected debt I have taken a management position at work and am working long crazy hours. I try to jump on and read whenever possible but I never seem able to write a post. I have a few minutes before work this morning....

Joe and Rocky's feet look very good. Unfortunately I am unable to use Beth any longer so I am in the market for a new farrier. Her cost is almost double what I had been paying and I wanted to go to a 12 week schedule until my finances improve and she refused to accomodate me through this tough financial time [V] saying 6 weeks is the longest period she is willing to go. However when I first started using her and hubby had issue with the extra expense, she offered to put Rocky on the every other trim cycle and for several trims he was done every 10 weeks. I am trying not to have hard feelings about that.

I may have to invest in a file and try my own hand at trimming! [:O]

This leads me to the question:

How many forum folks (I know Hook does) trim their own horses feet and should I fear trying it for myself?



10 weeks between trims is too long for our horses with our footing conditions. Most bare foot trimmers suggest every four to six weeks and this year I am going to try for a minor touch-up and trim every three weeks.

I would think that if you followed the outline in Pete Ramey's book you should be able to keep their feet in pretty good shape by using the hoof rasp every two weeks or so if you start just after a good trim.

But you should have someone that can check to make sure you are doing it correctly.

When I started trimming / shoeing our horses I worked on my horse and the farrier gave me feed back when he came to do the others. This might be a solution for you. Do Rocky your self and have Joe done by the farrier with feed back until you are confident that you have the technique right.

Hook(ed)......on Horses

"The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. " Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
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#64
Just thought I'd mention it...I've been using a barefoot trimmer for about a year and a half now, and, a few weeks ago during the Ladies Ride, was able to ride Warsong barefoot with no boots, on some pretty rocky trails. She did fine; just a little chip here and there, and absolutely no sole bruises. Trish, the barefoot trimmer, was very pleased.

I can remember taking Warsong to MTR and having her feet break off just from being led on the gravel road in front of my campsite! So this is huge, really.

Trish says the secret is in finding the correct balance for the hoof, and that it is different for each horse.

EZ2SPOT
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#65
Just an update on Joe and Rocky's feet.

Boy times change!

The Natural Hoof care person who I was so gung-ho about started leaving flares on Joe and letting Rocky pull his feet away whenever he wanted and really started him on a bad behavior I did not agree with and still deal with on occasion.

Since her I have gone through three others until I decided to switch back to the traditional farrier type. I am now using a young man who trained under my original reliable farrier but this young man spends a bit more time filing and rounding so Joe's chipping doesn't reoccur even in the summer time with all the fly stomping.

This young man has gone above and beyond in his continued training and certification.

VERY HAPPY.
I'll have to remember how to post pictures and see if remember my photobucket account password!
Hope everyone is doing well!
Candace


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#66
Wow this was a very interesting read. There always seems like so many choices and decisions to take and I guess its different for every horse. You just have to do whats b est for you and your horses.
Colleen who hopes to have a horse soon.

The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears -- Arabian proverb

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