When Ezhno needed his hooves done back in early June, I really thought I’d found a great farrier. He seemed knowledgeable and polite, plus he was quick to answer my calls and get me an appointment in his books. Unfortunately, when I called said farrier a couple of weeks ago, he sent me a couple of noncommittal text messages and then promptly disappeared into the void. 🙁
This is the fourth farrier that’s seen Ezhno since I bought him. He spent a few cycles being shod by the SEC’s in house farrier, then when he came back from his time off I started shopping around in hopes of finding one that would be willing to talk/teach while he worked. I wanted someone that would explain the ins and outs of farrier work to me so that I’d have a better understanding of my horse’s biomechanics. For me, it’s important that my farrier and I have a strong rapport that lets me learn as much as possible.
The farrier made some big changes, so I wasn’t super surprised when I came the next day and found myself with two lame ponies. Both of them had a noticeable short stride through their front end, plus a bit of a head bob that made it clear that they were limping. Ezhno looked stiff and Rags was stumbling like a drunken idiot over the gravel, which matched up with their trim situations, so I wasn’t too concerned.
Of course, when they were still lame on Sunday, I started to freak out a little bit. I started sending TrainerM texts and furiously googling things like “horse lame after farrier” and “lame horse just shod” and “horse lame after shoes pulled”, etc. I was convinced their feet were going to fall right off! 😆
So it’s not surprising at all that when I came out to the barn yesterday both of them were mostly fine. Ezhno’s still a little stiff (probably residual soreness from the changes in his feet causing changes in his musculature), but he’s not limping anymore. Raglan’s still a delicate flower on the gravel (and slightly uncomfortable in the nice arena footing) but he’s not anywhere near as much of a pansy as he was being.
Anyone else out there with a horse that likes to make a fool of you by making a miraculous recovery the moment you start to ask for advice?