When I got back from Europe (which I'm not so worldly yet as to not be overwhelmed by), I was super excited to see that Archie still had his magical new front shoes on. I didn't get a chance to talk about this before we left, but the new farrier came out on that Friday before the trip. Lemme summarize:
- He was amazing.
- He answered every single question I had and addressed all of my concerns. Without getting annoyed or frustrated with me.
- He walked me through every part of his decision-making, why he set the shoes where he did, what he thought about the toe length and the heel height and angles.
- Archie has a dip in his right front that has led to a stress crack. Old farrier has let this go on for a really, really long time. New farrier said he wanted to nip it in the bud as soon as possible (we also had a discussion about which came first, the dip in the hoof or Archie's long-standing habit of eating with his right front placed in the back position).
So I met with the farrier on Monday afternoon and he was super pleasant and took the time to make sure the rest of Archie's feet looked okay and that the other shoe was still solidly on. I asked him how much I owed him and he said $10. And then he said, nah, don't worry about. Of course, I'm going to include it on the next visit. And now I have a sound pony again!
|Lightened from an underexposed video.|