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Short Changing the Feet and Other Things
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Short Changing the Feet and Other Things

Generally speaking whenever a vet or farrier comes to visit, I'm on top of the whole operation like white on rice. I want to know what they're doing with each foot, each step of the way. The last farrier visit, wasn't what I expected, or wanted for Cookie. 

I had to change farriers. Finding another farrier in my area is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Near impossible. I had reservations about this guy I called, and now I know why. An ego with a rasp has no place around a horse's hoof. 

The first foot, I was informed, has thrush and according to this guy, she's had it for a while. Strange, my original farrier didn't mention it and I didn't see any indications she had it before now. This time I'll blame it on oversight. So, as he was trimming her, he gouged too deep between the bulbs and caused her to jerk her foot away. Hmm, ok, accidents happen. Now the guy, is a nice guy mind you. He is experienced in many areas. He knows his stuff, he's just gotten too big for his britches. On to the hind. Cookie can be a bit touchy with her hinds. If you go slow and gentle, she won't have a problem and the farrier won't have a problem. Don't snatch, grab or be rough. He snatched, she snatched back and didn't want him to continue. Which should have been a huge sign to me to have him just quit. 

Cookie has been moody the past couple of days so I figured it was just her being disagreeable. She is after all a mare. He managed a 15 minute trim for all 4 feet. He also trimmed her way too short. She's been walking on egg shells for the past few days. I'll never use him again. If I can't find a good gentle farrier, I'll have to learn how to use a rasp myself. I won't put her through that again. 

Today she was walking much better and didn't seem to be quite as sore, so I thought we'd take a short walk around the block to get some outside exercise. She actually looked down and watched where she put her feet. Something she's never done before. She gingerly walked across the pavement, taking her time. 

When we got onto a grass lot, she was out walking me. I kept having to slow her up just so I could keep up with her. lol She was happy to be out and about. I let her graze a bit here and there and finally we started back home. It wasn't a long trip, but it was enough to get her senses flowing. 

When we got back, she wanted to be a pill. Finally, back in her paddock, I brought her a carrot and made her alfalfa mix for an afternoon snack. 

Amongst a few fellow horse people here on this site, it's been mentioned that from some of the pics I've posted, Cookie doesn't look all that pregnant in them. I agree. Though the vet, farrier and a few other people said she looks pregnant, it's so hard to tell how far along she may be because I don't even know the month she was bred. Some days I wonder IF she's pregnant because she only looks a little bigger in the barrel. Her teats are not as sucked up as they were before, though I wonder if the cold temperatures had something to do with that. Now they appear to be less sucked in, but not really filling. She does have this incredible tail itch and swishing thing going on, which can be an indication, but not concrete evidence. I have noticed also it takes her a few moments to lie down when she wants to roll, and sometimes she seems to change her mind. The look on her face is as if to say, Naw, that's just too much trouble right now. Though when she does roll, she does one side, gets up and does the other and shakes all the dust off. I've noticed too this spot, behind where the girth would be is sort of hard and sticks out a bit. It's roughly the size of the palm of your hand when slightly cupped. She also has small veins running from front to back on the bottom of her abdomen. They aren't real big, but noticeable.

We haven't "played" in quite a while so I'm sure some of her behavior is due to excess energy and boredom. I'll have to remedy that once her feet aren't quite as sore. I have short changed her in that area due to other things I needed to get done that took precedence over playing. Otherwise she is her usual moody self.


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  1. autumnap
    Voted. Yes, good farriers are worth their weight in gold and harder to find than hen's teeth (oops, cliche city sorry!!) I think you're right to try to find another one. Horses have good memories and a couple of bad experiences are enough to cause problems in the longer term. Good luck! x
    1. Rene Wright
      Rene Wright
      Thank you. I appreciate a cliche' from time to time. lol! Horses sure do remember things & will hold it against the next people in line.
  2. Cat
    I had to let a barefoot trimmer go also. My horses started tripping and just not traveling well. Found out they were trimmed too low in the heels and one had a bruise in both sides of one heel. They also had retained sole. Sigh........Good luck.
    1. Rene Wright
      Rene Wright
      Thank you. It is hard to find a good trimmer! I try to get references from as many people as possible, but sometimes that just isn't possible. :( I have been thinking about going to Farrier school so I don't have to worry about someone else messing up my horses feet.

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