The farrier's role in a successful program
The equprep mascot "Obie" got new shoes today. I was there for the appointment as it's a rich opportunity to check in with the farrier as he assesses her feet. We swap information about how she's going versus what he's seeing. This allows us to then plan any changes in shoeing or timing to accomodate specific ground conditions (eg hard), variation in hoof growth rates (faster in the summer), and scheduled competitions (to avoid new shoes right before a show). Juggling schedules and timing during a busy competition season can be tricky, but actively working with your farrier is an essential component to keep your horse sound and performing at his or her best.