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April 26, 2009

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funder

Ugh. Those are some astonishingly bad feet.

I was always told that TWHs are clumsy and trip a lot, because it's "just the way they are." In my experience, they trip a lot because their feet are so awful - all of mine went from stumblebums to surefooted as soon as their feet got back to natural angles.

chas

why did everyone accept this numpty blocking them in ?

White Horse Pilgrim

Funder: yes, and it's remarkable what powers of recovery the equine foot has - when given the chance!

Chas: he was asked to move and refused. Trouble is, the owner of the horses being shod is a submissive lady who probably let the situation occur. The farriers in these parts seem unusually arrogant. I have seen them black a yard like militant trade unionists because an owner made a complaint about a certain farrier (who arrived late and smelling of drink then was aggressive with the horses - amazingly, they will close ranks about such a person.)

lytha

whp: i visited two german horse barns today and took a good look at feet.

i picked up the feet of the horse i rode out with, and although his feet look fine and healthy, good angles, good strong frogs, he had risers on all 4 heels. why? why, i asked. no idea, said the rider. risers made of steel, welded onto the shoe itself.

this is a 30 year old horse retired from real work, just used for hacking out. i asked if he tripped a lot. the answer is yes.

my gosh. 30 years old. give his feet a rest. let them be ironfree, for a period before he dies? or maybe just compromise and lose the risers? the trails here are soft and we took it at a walk today. no need for that complicated expensive burden at the end of each leg.

i'll get pics next time.

~lytha
p.s. "black a yard"?

White Horse Pilgrim

Lytha: we used to see calkins like that on peasant horses, it was supposed to give them more grip and make the shoes last longer. Even the peasants had worked out to raise the toe by an equivalent amount. I would like to see pictures of that horse and his shoes.

Maybe one day I will make it to Germany in which case I will show you and your wilderness neighbours lots of photos "von Karpaten"!

"Blacking" - trade union terminology where members of a union (you might call this a brotherhood) collectively agree to boycott a particular person, factory, etc. There is something of a trade union mentality amongst the farriers here - a bit of real competition would see many of them making a bad living or no living.

Callie

Just Yikes!

White Horse Pilgrim

Somewhat mischievously, I forwarded these photos to the farriers' trade organisation.

What I received in return was a statement that "all farriers have completed four years training and hold a qualification" and that, basically, there are no legal powers to require farriers to continue to develop their skils or even to demonstrate that they are still fit to practice. So the legal registration and protection in Britain is just a sham.

I think that this issue is not about to go away!

Dragos

But is it forbidden that one trims and shoes his own horse, provided that he/she has the skills, tools and knowledge?
Or is forbidden only if it brings financial gain ?

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