So my farrier is a wonderful person. I really like him and he's been doing my guys for years. Granted, they've been pasturey pets that I'm reworking so having performance feet hasn't been a priority. Mango has her summer white line issues but lately they've been bruising too and I'm like uh no. I've asked about shoes and I always get the run around. This is a thing from the past 2+ years and I was like :/
When I got Jade I didn't want to mess HER feet up and she was used to being shod exclusively. I mentioned it to my farrier and he just kinda mehed me when I mentioned it. This indifference led me to check out other people's horses and I had always heard great things about the farrier up at the TAMU clinic but I didn't realize we can just see him. But you can! Plus its up at my work PLUS employee discount!!!! And the clinic's prices are already lower than what I'm paying AND I can schedule appointments! No more, how about an hour from now? Oh, hey, your guys are 2 weeks over due...
Now that I'm riding Katy in her epic saddle, her foot soreness that was really only on rocks in 2014 became more of an issue. If I helped her back... would shoes help her feet? I'm not an eager person to do shoes but at this point her feet were hurting on the nice MMwhatever footing at the covered arena so that wouldn't do. Also, she and Mango were having a hard time walking on the hard sand in the pasture so yeah. SHOES FOR ALL!
The new farrier LOVED Jade and was honestly excited to be doing a "weird" breed's feet. He took his time and did an excellent job. With Katy, the first thing he did was just hack off her "long toe" that Old Farrier had been tip toeing around for years. Mango apparently DOESN'T have white line disease, she just needs some support as her hoof was separating from her laminae. Cripes. The second she had shoes on, she strutted right across the concrete and was toe flicking her way back to the trailer.
Piper and Edison came a week after that for just trims and they looked great. Edison was a little rock star as we held him and his feet and he got the footsies trimmed up nicely.