Thursday, 12 January 2012

Frequent Farrier

I think I need to book a regular weekly slot with the farrier.  Sonny is losing shoes on a regular basis at the moment.  I wouldn't mind, but she's only got two to look after.  You wouldn't think that was too onerous a task would you?  Also, I don't have a gorgeous, hunky farrier like some people seem to have, although he is young so I suppose I should be grateful for small mercies. 

So, what is the cause of the mysterious disappearing shoes?  Does Sonny have a shoe fetish and she's storing them up in a corner of the field so she can go and drool over them during the day?  Maybe someone is coming in and stealing them from under her nose.  Whatever it is, they come off cleanly, almost as if they had no nails in.  Hooves are intact and not ripped up as you might expect if she'd been over reaching.  There's not even any sign of them becoming loose first.  Its just there one day and gone the next. 

We do have the small matter of the bog at the end of the field and I have a sneaking suspicion that this is the culprit.  I would still expect a shoe to last longer than two weeks before being sucked off in the bog. 

Anyway, friendly frequent farrier has suggested overreach boots to turn out in so that is what we will try first. 

Any other suggestions would be welcomed!


  1. There's always the barefoot route if you're prepared to give it time!

  2. Bell boots seem to reduce the front shoe throws.

  3. I am with! ;-)

  4. Yes, barefoot would seem to be the answer to me too, but she's not my horse, she's my daughter's and it was all I could do to persuade her to only have the fronts shod. Sonny is a delicate little flower and tbh I think she would struggle to go barefoot on the front. Santana of course is far more macho and is very proud of his bare feet!

    We are trying the overreach (bell) boots to see if that solves the problem.