cowgirlup2it - 2019-10-02 4:45 PM
FURTHER UPDATE: I waited until I could TALK to my farrier instead of just texting or leaving a voice mail. It was pretty emotional for me and I just told him that I felt like I had to do the best thing for my horse, I hadn't made this decision lightly and another farrier had been recommended to me that had a lot of experience with working with horses like mine. I did't get into any of the issues that I was upset about...what's the point? He's a friend and I want to keep it that way. He said it had been a pleasure working with me over the years and if I ever needed him to call. However, he was pretty mad about my vet recommending someone else. He said that it ends up this way with every client of his that has her for a vet. I'm just sad but also looking forward to working with someone that may bring my boy some comfort and perhaps one day I can throw a leg over my big blonde pony again.
Thanks for listening and for all of the advice. <3
You handled this situation beautifully I think--good for you for putting that blonde first
New Farrier/Horse Update: Well, new farrier came out a week ago today. He looked at his feet and looked at his x-rays and walked to his truck and began sharpening his hoof knife. He started to par out his sole. It looked like flake shavings flying. I thought I was going to faint. He said that the reason my previous farrier couldn't/wouldn't cut enough toe was because he had never parred out his sole like it should be and his sole was putting too much pressure on the frog. The worse part was that my previous farrier had rasped the sides of his feet so aggressively that there wasn't much wall there to even drive a nail in! He immediately called my vet. We discussed what to do and came up with putting Soft Ride boots on him for 4 weeks to see if enough foot had grown out on the sides so he could even get nails in without quicking him. He said he has no doubt that's how he got quicked and abscessed. Problem is that horses are starting to slow their hoof growth down for the winter. He said he may be a bit tinder at first without shoes on since I've never had him barefoot and our ground is so hard and dry right now. I went from faint to furious.
Ordered Soft Rides and had them overnight shipped and he seems to like them. He has been doing much better and his feet look SO MUCH better from his proper trim. The before and after are really amazing. Also mad at myself for letting this go on for so long.....
Don't beat yourself up. We trust what farrier's tell us because most of us don't truly know enough to know what to look for. Once it's correct, we feel dumb. Been there, done that!
Hopefully this new person does a much better job for you from here on out.
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