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    Default Good Farrier in SW PA? Laminitis issue

    I actually know very few details here, so I'm not really asking for farriers to chime in with suggestions, but my aunt has a horse that she rescued (very long story) who is having issues with laminitis and I was just talking to her and it sounds like her current farrier is really not terribly useful, and so she's ending up getting a lot of hoof advice from her vet, and we all know how well that can work out, so I kind of feel like she should maybe have another farrier come out to have a look see if there's anyone in the area that people would recommend.

    (Her vet is recommending putting 'clogs' on apparently? The only thing I've seen that sounds like what she described are stacks like you see on packaged TWHs and why on earth you'd put something like that on a horse with hoof problems already, I dunno.)

    This horse isn't ridden or anything, but the goal is to keep her comfortable and happy in the pasture.

    Also - is that forum still around where you can go and post rads and stuff and get advice? I wanted to point her to there so she could post herself with all the details (she does have rads) but it's been years since I looked at it.

    This whole situation is just - she is not a horsey person, but she rescued some horses from what was admittedly a bad situation, and now she's trying to manage, and it's kind of a mess because it's so hard to tell if someone is a good vet/farrier/whatever or not even when you do have some experience, never mind when you don't. Plus we have that sort of family relationship where it's just better to let someone not related be the expert, you know? So I can make suggestions for who she could try talking to or whatever, but I can't say 'you should do X.'

    ETA: Oops, should I post this in Horse Care instead? Or cross-post? (Just realized I picked Off Course by habit. Stupid migraine.)



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    Where exactly is the horse located?



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    Quote Originally Posted by copper1 View Post
    Where exactly is the horse located?
    Slightly northeast of Pittsburgh - somewhere in the vicinity of New Kensington and Plum probably. I'm not sure where precisely the barn is.



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    Not sure if you're within range but Vance Glenn is a master...
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    Are they Ultimates? The farrier should be working with the vet, via xrays, etc. Ric Redden will do consults at a very low cost. He's at Nanric.com
    "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~Immanuel Kant



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    Quote Originally Posted by LauraKY View Post
    Are they Ultimates? The farrier should be working with the vet, via xrays, etc. Ric Redden will do consults at a very low cost. He's at Nanric.com
    It sounds like all of the suggestions are coming from the vet, which seems a little weird to me since the vet isn't a specialist. My impression from reading here is that most of the time you get the best results from a good farrier and a good vet working together - because the farrier has experience that might suggest a solution the vet isn't aware of, but the vet has knowledge about what's going on that the farrier may not, etc.

    I'm going to pass all the information along. Trying to figure out a time I could go out and do hoof photos also.



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    When mine had laminitis due to a farrier disaster, the vet treated him for the first 4 weeks, but consulted with the new farrier he recommended. New farrier didn't come out until the 4 week mark.
    "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~Immanuel Kant



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    Mike Smith in Blairsville is excellent but Plu is probably out of his range. Not sure if Todd Allen is still around the Apollo area which is a bit closer and he is really good too. Any chance of hauling the horse to a farrier?



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    Quote Originally Posted by LauraKY View Post
    When mine had laminitis due to a farrier disaster, the vet treated him for the first 4 weeks, but consulted with the new farrier he recommended. New farrier didn't come out until the 4 week mark.
    This seems to be an on going bad hoof Thing, which makes me think a farrier consult is likely in order - I'm not clear on if there's an acute episode of laminitis happening right now or not, but there's definitely a history of it and it just doesn't sound like things are being managed in a way that will get the whole mess under control.

    Though of course it could always be communication problems, too - everything I'm getting right not is being filtered through someone who isn't particularly horsey. (Which reminds me - diet can be a big issue with ongoing hoof problems, right? I should mention that.)



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    Quote Originally Posted by copper1 View Post
    Mike Smith in Blairsville is excellent but Plu is probably out of his range. Not sure if Todd Allen is still around the Apollo area which is a bit closer and he is really good too. Any chance of hauling the horse to a farrier?
    I honestly have no idea if there's access to a trailer for a trip, or how well the horse travels. I'll suggest it as an option to look into when I pass on the names.

    That said, the horse has moved around a couple of times in the last year (out of the bad situation, then from the temporary place to where they are now) so obviously they've been arranging transport somehow. I suspect having to haul to a farrier for months and months on end would get to be an issue financially, but a consult or a few visits to get a functional plan in place seems like a reasonable thing to spend travel money on.



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