Farrier Visit

Now we’re getting some where. I had the shoes removed today. As I suspected the last time they were shod, Jerzey had been quicked on her right and left hind and her left front. Geeezus. But, of course, because she showed no signs of it when I finally got the farrier to come back out to check on his work, “almost two weeks later”, she wasn’t limping at all. My suspicions are, she got use to the pain, so he didn’t do any thing about it at the time. That’s when I felt a tad annoyed about the whole thing. I started reevaluating the way he does business and began my search for an other farrier.

The guy I had out today was very informative and explained thoroughly,  why and how they got to this point. When he pulled the shoes, where they had been pressure quicked, a small amount of blood surfaced from each hole. I just felt sick. All the time I was complaining in the past about my horse just wasn’t right, came together. I hope my husband doesn’t dismiss my concern from now on. Atleast I was persistant enough to get to the bottom of their issues. From now on I’ll do my homework before I get some one else to do a job that could potentially be a dangerous situation given it enough time to evolve.

Jerzey: This is the left front after deshod. The foot has contracted heels and her heel wasn’t growing out as fast as her toes. Explanation being, the wall had overshot the iron and wasn’t spread enough to allow the foot to expand. He only trimmed the toes and did a mustang roll on the toe. He didn’t do any rasping of the foot due to lack of growth from the previous job. She was pretty level on this foot.
Jerzey: left front. This foot has a quarter crack on the outside. Explanation, she was weight bearing on her outside because her foot was longer on the inside. The outside wall had separated horizontally and eventually broke off from the time before last. This foot was growing strangely. It always had a hump in it. The farrier from before use to rasp off the wall to compensate. This guy trimmed off the excess from the inside and leveled the foot lightly. Trimmed off the toe and did a mustang roll as well. Not to much, he said” because she didn’t have enough growth. He didn’t want to do to much this time.
Jerzey: left hind. Ok, so now here’s the real big issue I had from the time before. Like I suspected. She had pressure quicks. The nail on the high side brought blood when he pulled the shoe. Though for sometime now, she had shown no signs of it being bothersome other than she dragged both hind feet and she couldn’t roll over on her hocks when I was riding her. She was giving from time to time and showing resistance when I asked her to make sharp turns. This foot was also unbalanced. He did the same to this foot. Trimmed the toe and did a mustang roll.
Jerzey: right hind. The other culprit. The high nail on the outside wall was in the quick! arg! I just can’t believe this mare didn’t act silly when I rode her more than she should. She obviously has a very high pain tolerance and I really need to stay tuned in better than I have been. How ever if she doesn’t complain, how can I? I’m going to listen to my gut instincts from now on and forget that people tell me I’m worrisome.
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