Influening Shoeing/Trimming Outcomes
When shoeing or trimming a horse there are many factors
directly related to the hoof, including:
- conformation of the horse,
- injuries or abscesses,
- pathologies, such as laminitis, founder, navicular
- gait problems, such as forging and interfering,
- behavioral and environmental problems,
- bacteria, fungi, white line disease (WLD) ,and broken
Other things to consider are:
- expectations of the owner,
- stalls, turnout, arena, trails
- amount (and type) of work by the horse and overall
I will provide
quality work on every horse, never rush a job; I continue my
education and always strive to improve my skills by attending conferences,
seminars and clinics; I stay up to date on the latest procedures and
I'm willing to consult with vetenarians or trainers,
if your horse has specific needs.
Conditions for Optimum Hoof Care
a well-known farrier, pointed to five (5) factors needed
in working conditions for
the farrier to produce optimum shoeing/ trimming outcome. He
explains to his customers -and I agree with his assessment- that
if any of the conditions are less than desirable, it will compromise
the farrier's ability to provide optimum hoof care.
- Well behaved horse
- Clean work area
- Dry work area
- Flat work area
- Well lit work area
If any of the above
requirements are lacking, the final outcome may not be 100%.
The first requirement, a well-behaved horse is the most important.
It is a tough, risky job to work on a good horse, but the "dangers to a farrier's
physical and financial well being are magnified greatly by an unruly horse".
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