lame - its not nail bind but I need farriery advice (sorry - long)

LeneHorse

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To sum up briefly - my horse was lame in front on monday, worse after standing in, better after being out. I thought it might be nail bind as she was shod friday. One of the farriers (I'm with a big firm so its often different people who come out which may be part of the problem) came out today and had her front shoes off but found nothing. However he mentioned that she looked pigeon toed which is not normal for her - if anything she is a bit splay footed. We left it that if she was still lame on Friday I was to phone and speak to the boss and then decide if he would come out or if it should be the vet. The guy that came out today is just newly qualified so I would not expect him to be an expert on lameness.

However my friend's farrier was up later and she mentioned to him about my horse suddenly becoming pigeon toed and he said this could be due to the way she was shod, that they possibly had taken too much off the inside of her hoof. He also said that the horse adjusts its way of going to compensate for the hoof inbalance but may show up lame after standing in as it needs a few strides to readjust to its new way of going. He did not see her so can't say for definite.
I am now really worried that my horse is not being shod properly. If i get the boss out on Friday he is not going to criticise what his boys have done is he? I am wondering whether to get a second opinion from another farrier or just to go straight to the vet if she's still lame.
Sorry this is so long but I'm in such a dilema I don't know what to do for the best. I've been with these farriers for years and they had a great reputation but I know a lot of people have had left them recently as they have not been happy with their work.
Any advice welcomed! (Sorry I don't know how to do photos)
 

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Seeing as the boss has offered to come out and have a look and the horse is not too severely lame I would let him come and have a look and see what he says. If he's an experienced farrier worth his salt who values his business he should be honest about what he thinks of the job.

If you're not happy with the result then I'd get a 2nd opinion from another experienced farrier or a good specialist equine vet (I'm a vet but I work in mixed practice so I don't pretend to be an expert on the finer points of shoeing).

Did the 2nd farrier put the shoes back on or leave her barefoot? I think that if too small shoes are used this can cause lameness. Is she worse on 1 leg or are both affected?
 

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I would ask the boss to have a look. Ditto lauraandjack, if not happy then get a second opinion. While the boss is there mention you are concerned about the situation and it is not normal for your horse. You are a paying customer and your horse is lame. You have every right to query the shoeing.
 
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