Question: Is it possible to extend the trimming cycle longer than 5 weeks?
I've been known to say that a mediocre trimmer who comes every 3 weeks
can accomplish more than that a great trimmer who comes every 8 weeks. A
horse can go out of balance within a couple weeks post-trim and
unbalanced hooves can stress joints, ligaments and tendons causing
soreness elsewhere in the body. A short cycle can reduce joint damage
and avoid soreness. A short cycle also eliminates the need for a big
correction which may cause the horse to compensate while he adjusts to
the corrected hooves. Horses in the wild trim their hooves daily as they
trek long distances in search of food and water. They don't have to
wait weeks to balance their hooves nor do they need to adjust to a
sudden balance or breakover correction. Regularly balanced hooves
promote steady growth and proper hoof mechanics. These are only a few of
the reasons why I recommend a trim cycle of 5 weeks or less.
In regards to my work schedule... all my clients are on a 5 week cycle
and I organize each workday by geographical regions. Each 5 weeks I
return to that same region but after 6 weeks I would be in a different
region. Therefore it would not be possible to lengthen the cycle for
some - but not all - clients. As I maintain a full roster, I must be as
efficient as possible to properly treat all the horses in my care.
However, there are occasionally special cases where it is absolutely imperative to the owner to extend the trim cycle. In those cases, I'll recommend (when possible) a competent colleague with a more flexible schedule.