From Endurance to Dressage
I Still Have the World's Greatest Farrier
I may only get to see Jaime Osbrink once or twice a year, but when I do, I am reminded of how fantastic he really is.
Jaime recently finished all of his testing and is now a Certified Journeyman Farrier, the highest certification offered by the American Farrier Association.
Both of my boys adore Jaime and nuzzle him while he works. When he's not dispensing treats, they happily fall asleep. Sydney was so sleepy while having his toes done that his ears drooped almost completely downward, his eyelids hung lazily, and even his lips sagged. Maybe I need Jaime to coach me during shows because he sure knows how to relax that OTTB!
Jaime hot shoes my boys, which is a process that never ceases to amaze me. Neither boy even flicks an ear while the shoe is pressed to their feet. How Jaime isn't covered in burns is beyond me. Not all horses are as quiet as mine.
Jaime shared with me that both boys had very light wear on their front feet, but much more wear on their hinds. This prompted me to ask if it was a case of my boys carrying more weight on their hind ends. Jaime confirmed that this could very likely be the reason for the extra wear on the hind shoes. So yah for us!
I also asked Jaime if Speedy showed any marks (bruises, holes, etc.) on his hoof from the mysterious lameness we had in October. Jaime did notice that it looked as though Speedy had blown a teeny tiny abscess through the front of his hoof at the coronet band - see photo below. He picked the scab off before I got there, but I could clearly see the spot.
Speedy was lame to sound over a two week period, and I suspected an abscess. I never saw it blow out though, so I wasn't sure. It seems as though I missed the tell-tale sign.
Speedy's feet looked just as handsome as Sydney's when Jaime was finished.
Before Jaime left, he gave me a bag of super delicious treats that his wife had made and this totally awesome coffee mug. It's my new favorite. It's filled with my morning tea right now. Thanks, Jaime, WGF!
12/27/2013 12:24:07 am
He certainly is! Only my little Mediterranean Donkey, Johnny, gives Jaime a hard time. I always apologize and promise to work with him more, but Jaime just smiles and says, "it's alright; he's just being Johnny." Trim day could not be more pleasant, even with a little stinker in our barn. :0)
12/27/2013 09:42:10 am
It took me 3 different tries to find "MY" World's Greatest Farrier! They are AWESOME~
12/27/2013 02:51:13 pm
I am very jealous of his rig!!!!
12/27/2013 10:48:52 pm
It would be fun if everyone across the country could send me a photo of their farrier's rig. I imagine they look similar, but who knows? :0)
12/28/2013 01:50:32 am
It looks as though you've had some experience with feet and farriers. I am glad it seems to be working out!
For a tough as nails little mustang who went barefoot without batting an eye the first 17 years of his life, the last 12 months have been quite the learning experience for both of us as far as feet & farriers are concerned.
12/29/2013 09:00:16 pm
Great looking feet!!
12/29/2013 10:10:12 pm
Thanks - we try! :0)
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About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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