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Onward and forward . Just a quick rant i want to get out.
Seems i'm developing a reputation , A client of mine was mentioning to some people at her ranch that John Silveira - Oh that's me (-: was coming out to shoe her horse and the response she got was along the lines of " Oh yea that guy - he kinda a renegade "... Of course i had to reflect on the statement for a bit and found it interesting in my attempt to understand it.
Here's what i came up with and i'm opening this up for anyones comments ..
1- Yes i go around pointing my finger sometimes about things/inadequacies i've found and discovered within the Farrier industry after my 17 years carreer. How there's wrong information being taught that when practiced will actually ruin horses and does ruin horses. So i feel something needs to be done about Farrier practices and standards , and i feel it can be traced all the way back to the Farrier schools and textbooks as well. I graduated from what's considered the worlds greatest horseshoeing school and i certainly wasn't taught what i know now to be correct shoeing. So if me bringing attention to these things makes me a renegade then so be it . I've just begun this journey.
2- Maybe you're one of the lucky ones that actually has a Great Horseshoer - They're out there - i'm not saying all farriers are bad. So good for you then , and good for your horses , but just because someone has a great shoer doesn't mean i'm going to drop this project and mission. So i guess i'm still a Renegade. lol
3- On the other hand maybe you're not so lucky to have a great horseshoer working on your horses and well maybe you don't even know your horseshoer has shortcomings and then maybe the truth is you're just "LUCKY" your horse is a tough one and just has not come up lame "Yet". But then what remains is that your horse is unbeknown to you At Risk of lameness at any time because the truth is you just never really know if and when lameness will strike it's ugly head when things aren't being done right.
4- the point is i really do have a 17 year track record of "Not One Single Lame Horse" due to the method i use which i have never seen taught anywhere. Every time i tell a new client about this method they look at me like they've never heard such things and have never been told such things even from their previous farriers. The ole saying " you just don't know what you don't know " rings loudly here and sadly what you don't know could ruin your horse. So the question is , why aren't Farriers teaching these concepts and why isn't the information already out there and that's the problem and the issue i want to address.
5- So i open up and point out all the little trappings and gimmicks i've seen - what's necessary - what's not - and i suggest ways to validate and qualify your farrier ( that's not new ) and in the process i do some finger pointing because i want to stir things up and i want people to start to take a look at things. So if that makes me the Renegade then i embrace it .
There's alot of missinformation out there when it comes to shoeing. If that's not bad enough there's a GAP in the education process , missing pieces to the shoeing puzzle that i call "Missing links" and all of the above can and does ruin horses and all too frequently and the nightmare stories that horses endure continue.
So i'll continue on with this mission irregardless of any "Handles" i aquire ( like Renegade ) along the way.
And just in case anyone's wondering - We're just getting ready to take this to the next level. We're taking the marketing of this message to the next level . We've aquired some Joint Venture possibilities as well and we've just started , we're just getting warmed up - Renegade or no ...
And thank you everyone for being a part of this , anything anyone does is really appreciated and we're happy to see you all here.
As usual Happy and Safe riding and always remember to www.Care4Horses.com
John "TheFootDoctor" Silveira
You can still get any horse related consultation at no cost "Thats Free" just for contacting me at John@Care4Horses.com
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It's been a while , we're in a moving mode here , Moving the office. Hope all is well with you all. Weathering this winter and all.
I want to formally announce the hoof pick giveaway. What we're doing is giving away one custom forged personalized hoof pick per month just for signing up by leaving your shipping address and name at the following email address : John@Care4Horses.com You'll be placed on the list and the winner will be announced at the end of the month.
The hoof pick will have either your first name and last intitial or first initial last name or just initials depending on the space allowed . And these hoof picks work exceptionally well , they fit the hand nicely and you have alot of leverage for picking rocks out of the foot.
There's some symbology in the hoof pick , it represents me picking on this industry until they start to hear and make some much needed changes in common practice of shoeing horses . Also if you're using your pick sometime and someone inquires about it you can be reminded to share with them where they can come to get the kind of information they need to keep their horses sound. So - once again - if you haven't already left your shipping address and name with me just do it now. Just leave your name and shipping address at John@Care4Horses.com and you'll be entered .
Now a quick note about wintering your horses in regard to foot care.
Some of the worst changes can happen to horses feet during the winter. The hoof wall gets soaked and becomes soft. When that happens the hoof wall can stretch much more rapidly - within a matter of a couple weeks. You may have been spending all spring and summer getting your horses feet in place and corrected only to come back one day during the winter to find nearly everything you've previously accomplished ruined. That's not fun. Sometimes it takes years of correct trimming and shoeing to get a horses foot where it belongs and doing what it should , the last thing you want is to take a giant step backward .
So if you can , the best thing you can do for your horses during the winter are - best case scenario - keep them indoors in their stalls where their feet stay dry. That's the biggest part of the wintering battle. Second thing is if you can't keep them indoors at least possibly they can be kept where the ground is level and flat. What you don't want is for your horse to be standing on the side of a hill under a tree for example while it's feet are soaked and soft. The sloping hill and weight of the horse will stretch the feet in a hurry . If you scroll through the blog here to find the post called "Hoof Drift" you'll see an example of what i'm referring to.. So flat ground if you can. thirdly this is the time when you want to keep your horses feet short. don't let them go over schedule , the longer the feet get the easier the stretch . So keep em short. Short feet are healthy feet . And short footed horses have a better chance of staying sound as well.
OK ? if you have any questions please feel free to contact me - you can still get consultation for any of your horses needs at no charge - That's "FREE".. just contact me at John@Care4Horses.com
Have fun , as usual happy and safe riding and always remember to www.Care4Horses.com
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