Erm Horserider - I have seen a farrier hit a horse wiht a rasp, and beat it quite badly - and this was a well respected one. It happens, don;t be naieve
Anyway - that was a good bun fight to read
I have a horse with suspected DDFT lesions and navicular damage and I'm thinking of having his feet chopped back and the most humungous wedge bar-shoes put on that my farrier recommended, but before I do can anyone tell me if there are published papers backed up by MRI scans, before and after of course, of every horse that has been treated during the study and showing a 100% success rate?
Until then I will leave him barefoot becuase he actually has been sound these past 24 months and rampaging around the countryside at all paces. Of course - I don't know if he is sound becuase I have not done MRI scans to prove he is sound - but he looks sound to me and to my vet.
The horses that end up at Rockley have been through the mill - had all the injections, shoeing options and everything else - that IS the long road and requires patience.
I've been there - seen what Nic does - and seen what can be done in the space of 12 weeks - that's 2...or TWO shoeings Chris. I've also seen Nic work out that one shaky horse was having muscular problems simply becuase of a supplement that the owner had it on - very subtle and in 3 days I saw that horse improve - so it's about a holistic approach and not all abotu feet
Me - I have no patience and want things fixed - so I'll say no thanks to a year of different shoes, a sore horse, big vets bills, big farrier bills and deep and heartbreaking uncertainty, with possibly an awful outcome, and keep my horse's feet as nature intended.
I want things fixed in 2-3 months by allowing nature to work as nature intended to work, removing all interference, providing correct diet and movement.
Believe me - I WAS on your side Chris - I WAS barefoot hostile and insisted all mine were shod. Somehow I always had ill or unsound horses in my string. Not any more. It took a huge effort to swallow that first slice of crow pie and take that step to simply questioning everything I thought I knew.
Now - if you want to get into really interesting territory - let's talk abotu the effect that shoes have on the riders themselves....any physios, bodyworkers on here want to pitch in?