IMPORTANT TRAVEL UPDATE:
I will be out of reception on vacation from Saturday July 22nd - Saturday
July 29th. If you have an emergency please contact:
Kaitlyn Niegowski - (360)-393-6857
Mikyla Witzel - (360)-603-2300
Matt Eldridge - (360)-815-1047
PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY
Research based answers to your most common questions
FALSE: In the same way that dogs and cats have different colored toenails or skin, or humans have different skin tone, a horses' hoof color is purely pigment and does not influence strength or thickness of hoof wall
MYTH: White hooves are weaker than black hooves
MYTH: Horses grazing on short grass are less likely to suffer from laminitis or founder
FALSE: Truth is, the short grass, which is the newer growth, has the highest sugar content! There is more risk of laminitis and founder on the short, sweet grass, then on a field with tall grass that has seeded out. The grass with seed heads has stopped growing! Be careful out there!
FALSE: While the ability to keep shoes on CAN be an issue with the quality of the trim/shoeing job, it is also important to understand that the BEST farriers will lose shoes. GOOD farriers understand the dynamics of the foot, and the need to allow hoof expansion in the heels. By fitting a shoe "full" it allows the foot to expand during the weight bearing phase of the stride. Essentially, you are leaving shoe that COULD be pulled off, but it is important. Shoes that are fit too "tight" can lead to contracted heels. Environment and confirmation of the horse also play a HUGE role in a horse pulling shoes, both of which the farrier has NO control over.
MYTH: Your farrier is a "good" farrier if he can keep shoes on