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Re: [RC] re: barefoot trimmer search - Maggie Mieske

No one uses or knows what an angle gauge or a calipers looks like here in Qatar.  Nelson is in contention for a couple of jobs here and that is one of the first things he'd like to implement...measuring for consistent angles and lengths of toe.  He has a good "eye," but nothing beats actually measuring.  :)
Maggie Mieske
English Department/Foundation Program
Qatar University
P.O. Box 2713
Doha, Qatar
GMT +3
Office: 974-493-5983
NB Room 234

"Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward." - - Kierkegaard

From: Dream Weaver <nvrider@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: ridecamp <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, October 1, 2009 1:08:22 AM
Subject: Re: [RC] re: barefoot trimmer search

People really do need to be careful and get a second opinion on how their horses hooves look if they change to a barefoot trimmer.  For example, once I saw some of my neighbors horses hooves just trimmed by a barefoot trimmer, and another time by a farrier who trimmed and they just did not look right.  I got out my measuring tools and the discrepancies from hoof to hoof were astounding - talk about bad work, in both cases it was unbelievably bad. 

So be sure to pay close attention, this goes whether it's a farrier or a trimmer.  In my experience it's harder to find a good trimmer because most don't have the more formal education or any type of certification that farriers do.  I've seen bad farrier work but this year at rides I've seen some of the worse trimming jobs ever.  Some of the veterinarians in my area are kind of down on some of the trimmers around here, for good reason.  So be sure to check references as well. 

Even journeyman farriers have a hard time being consistent on the same horse each time they work on them.  Check this out:  No two hoof trims alike.


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