Be involved with your horse’s hoof care – even if you don’t know a lot.
Meet your farrier and ask him questions about your horse’s feet, current shoe size and if there are any concerns. You may be able to address any problems through diet, exercise or other management changes. Farriers with the “I care” approach are happy to educate, answer your questions and keep the line of communication open. Whether trimmed or shod, a professional farrier’s priority is the welfare and soundness of the horse.
Owners and farriers must develop a plan to provide correct trimming or shoeing. Farriers and horse owners have a responsibility to one another. Communication and trust are key!
Your chosen farrier should be punctual and reliable, courteous to barn staff, mindful of barn hours and rules, and keep you and your coach or trainer informed of any new instructions or challenges with the horse…
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