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    Default Any SF Bay Area vets good with hoof issues? (or vets that will work remote?)

    My pony is a bit high-low in front which at various times during her shoeing cycle makes her uneven, it also effects her canter to one direction. I am very happy with my farrier (and it's hard to get a decent farrier around here) and he is open to trying different things. I'd like to bring in a vet's perceptive, take current xrays, etc. Unfortunately the farrier service has closed down at Davis, and all the vets I knew there are gone.

    I am open to any suggestions within a 2-3 hour drive of the SF East Bay. I am looking for someone who really knows feet and has a history of working with gait abnormalities due to hoof imbalances. I am also open to any vet who will work remotely.



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    Talk to Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale. They are well set up for this sort of evaluation and they also have a farrier on site.

    You might also try tracking down a surgeon named Tom Yarbrough (PM me if you want his email). He's really good with foot issues and he travels to various vet practices in the Bay Area.



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    My vet loves Shawn Melton as a farrier for problems. I suggest calling Shawn and asking him which vet he'd recommend, and going from there.

    I have high/low issues with my guy going on too and my vet brought a really great female xray tech (name escapes me) out to do the (millions of) digital xrays recently, then told my farrier what to change. If it doesn't help I'll try Shawn.

    AFAIK this is his info:
    Shawn Melton, CNBF, CLS (NB Certified), Dublin, CA, 94568,
    925-640-3798

    If you want my vet's info I can give that too - he's on the peninsula.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Watermark Farm View Post
    Talk to Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale. They are well set up for this sort of evaluation and they also have a farrier on site.

    You might also try tracking down a surgeon named Tom Yarbrough (PM me if you want his email). He's really good with foot issues and he travels to various vet practices in the Bay Area.
    Unfortunately I used a farrier recommended by the farrier at Pioneer and not only did he not do the best job, but never returned calls or showed up for appointments! I guess I should have said anywhere but Pioneer, lol.

    I know Dr Yarbrough, I can see if I can somehow get an appointment, but last I talked to him he's just doing surgeries.

    Xanthoria, I'd love any other info you can provide.



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    will send a PM!
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    Get in touch with Dr. Diane Isbell, she's amazing!

    She's in Livermore but travels all over. I watched her do a lameness exam on a horse at my barn (Stanford) and was SO impressed. I've never seen any vet do such an extensive exam and it took at least two hours.

    I don't remember what she charged, but I do know she gave the option of making payments, which I thought was cool.

    After the exam, she sent a very detailed report of her findings, which included treatment recommendations.

    PM me if you want more details.
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    Agree on Diane Isbell - if you can get her out she is amazing: has done wonders for my barnmate's horse.
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    I've used Diane Isbell and she does know an incredible amount about feet. She can be a little hard to schedule but she does come out to Hossmoor. She works with Sean Melton (not sure if he goes to Hossmoor), and I know she also recommends Tim Treadway. If your pony can go barefoot, Marylynne Nicholson is good and it's easier to deal with a high/low heel situation if you can trim frequently.



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    Either Dr Diane Isbell , or Dr.Ashton Cloninger.Hands down your best bet. I know both of them very well and can recommendf either one. (Dr Isbell is the vet who got me into Natural Balance principles many many years ago). Shawn Melton(the recommended farrier ) trained with me some and is a certified lameness specialist with the Equine Lameness Preventuion Organization. He works with both of those vets on a lot of lameness cases. With a lameness team put together with Shawn and one of them you can't go wrong. Dr. Cloninger' s business number is (650) 570-4320
    He covers the whole Bay area from the Pleasanton race track area to the Peninsula, Belmont and half Moon Bay.
    Patty Stiller CNBBT,CNBF,CLS, CE
    Natural Balance Certified Lameness Specialist ,instructor.
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    PS Shawn recently moved away , toward Tracy I think but he still comes to the Bay area one day a week.
    Patty Stiller CNBBT,CNBF,CLS, CE
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    Patty I was just talking to Ash about you the other night. He told me of a great shoer he used to know who moved away and I said "hey - that's the person who gave me good advice without calling me an idiot or otherwise belittling me on the Farrier & Hoofcare Resource Center board!"

    (Which was years ago, but I've always appreciated it)

    And Ash told me the same thing - Shawn moved away but comes back to work on cases regularly.

    Ash is my regular vet: he's the best!
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    Thanks, yeah Ash still calls me every once in a while to get consults on cases or to gripe to me about my leaving and his lack of co-opperative farriers to work with besides Shawn.
    He wants me to come back but I can't afford to live in the Bay Area as I can't work full time any more.
    Patty Stiller CNBBT,CNBF,CLS, CE
    Natural Balance Certified Lameness Specialist ,instructor.
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    Yeah, I have a different view of Isabel, too. Shawn is still in the bay area. He comes into Hayward weekly, but unless he's already coming to someone in your area, I doubt he'd come.

    Pioneer Equine, NOT in Oakdale, is owned by Melissa Kielty. She trained with and is a protege of Dr. Yarborough and is very good friends with him. (By the way, he is no longer with Loomis. He's now in this area somewhere. Ask Melissa.) Melissa is a major lameness specialist, recommends Shawn, and has Yarborough on her speed dial, so is one of the few people who can get a hold of him. (When my baby was born windswept, she had him consult on everything and check x-rays. She's perfect now. ) She works out of Pleasant Hill and does the whole east bay, so I think she's somewhat close to you.

    PM if you need contact info.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Perfect Pony View Post
    (and it's hard to get a decent farrier around here)
    You are doing a real disservice to Bay area farriers. Just saying...



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    Quote Originally Posted by lintesia View Post
    You are doing a real disservice to Bay area farriers. Just saying...
    I didn't say it's hard to FIND a good farrier, I said it is hard to GET one. Unless you are in full training with a trainer at a barn that has a relationship with a good farrier, many will not take new clients. Many will also not travel to new barns. The two best farriers at my barn are trying to get rid of clients and are not taking new ones. The best farrier I ever had decided he didn't want to come to my barn anymore because there was no grooms to assist him. Others I have used at training barns won't come to a barn to just do one or two horses, they want to work with trainers and have a set schedule where they spend a whole day at a certain barn.

    I have a decent farrier now, after I begged him to come to my barn and found him additional clients to make it worth his while.

    Just sayin...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Perfect Pony View Post
    I didn't say it's hard to FIND a good farrier, I said it is hard to GET one. Unless you are in full training with a trainer at a barn that has a relationship with a good farrier, many will not take new clients. Many will also not travel to new barns. The two best farriers at my barn are trying to get rid of clients and are not taking new ones. The best farrier I ever had decided he didn't want to come to my barn anymore because there was no grooms to assist him. Others I have used at training barns won't come to a barn to just do one or two horses, they want to work with trainers and have a set schedule where they spend a whole day at a certain barn.

    I have a decent farrier now, after I begged him to come to my barn and found him additional clients to make it worth his while.

    Just sayin...
    Thank you for clarifying!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Xanthoria View Post
    Patty I was just talking to Ash about you the other night. He told me of a great shoer he used to know who moved away and I said "hey - that's the person who gave me good advice without calling me an idiot or otherwise belittling me on the Farrier & Hoofcare Resource Center board!"

    (Which was years ago, but I've always appreciated it)

    And Ash told me the same thing - Shawn moved away but comes back to work on cases regularly.

    Ash is my regular vet: he's the best!

    Funny, I thought I edited my original post to include information on Ash, but for some reason it didn't post. The one time my mare had a mystery lameness, my farrier (Steve Wiberg) suggested I contact Ash. My regular vet immediately wanted to do an ultra sound--cha ching...

    Being a track vet, Ash brings a refreshing perspective. He ended up doing a block on my mare, and it turns out the very first block indicated a problem in the hoof, rather than a soft tissue problem. Follow up x-rays showed something that could be corrected in a couple of shoeing cycles and he was right. I still escaped the problem with a much lower bill than had I gone with my regular vet's suggestion of an ultra sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xanthoria View Post
    Shawn moved away but comes back to work on cases regularly.
    fyi this is another problem I have found, you not only have to book a good farrier that will come to your barn, but then I have to find one that will come regularly on a shorter schedule. Several of the farriers live up in the foothills and come down to the Bay Area and hit some barns every 6 weeks. My pony cannot go 6 weeks, so I am SOL with some of them.

    It often makes me think about going back into full training somewhere, just so I can be in a place where there is a good farrier that comes every week and I don't have the stress of trying to book appointments and get them out there and show up and hold my own horse. But I love my boarding barn, everything but the farrier situation out there.

    Has anyone heard of Randy Luikart? He does monthly clinics at Los Caballos with Dr Muller where they do an eval/xrays/shoeing and recommendations for your farrier.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Beentheredonethat View Post
    Yeah, I have a different view of Isabel, too. Shawn is still in the bay area. He comes into Hayward weekly, but unless he's already coming to someone in your area, I doubt he'd come.

    Pioneer Equine, NOT in Oakdale, is owned by Melissa Kielty. She trained with and is a protege of Dr. Yarborough and is very good friends with him. (By the way, he is no longer with Loomis. He's now in this area somewhere. Ask Melissa.) Melissa is a major lameness specialist, recommends Shawn, and has Yarborough on her speed dial, so is one of the few people who can get a hold of him. (When my baby was born windswept, she had him consult on everything and check x-rays. She's perfect now. ) She works out of Pleasant Hill and does the whole east bay, so I think she's somewhat close to you.

    PM if you need contact info.
    I would rather stick needles in my eyes than recommend Melissa Kielty to anyone.




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    Quote Originally Posted by MidlifeCrisis View Post
    I would rather stick needles in my eyes than recommend Melissa Kielty to anyone.
    LOL. Well if you do ever recommend her, make sure you prepare them for her to stick needles in every joint on the horses body



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