I have had farriers that came out that were highly recommended that turned out to be horrible. I sometimes wonder what makes a good farrier in some peoples minds. Maybe it's the price, IDK. I have learned not to judge a farrier based on that.
In this situation, I'd skip the trimmers. Go with an actual farrier that isn't afraid to do whatever necessary to help the horse, including putting on some evil shoes.
Just thought i'd add something from my lastest experience.
I got a call from my friend who feed our boys one morning, nearly in tears she tells me that she thinks Joey has broken his leg/knee or something cause it was all swollen & was holding it sideways & would not walk on it. Now the night before it had been my turn to feed & he was fine, not a limp nothing!
Anyway we got the vet out 2 hrs later (took us 45mins to get him 150m up from the paddock) & he had an abscess on the inside of his hoof. A seddative & 3 pain blockers & alot of digging later, she had reached it, only 3ml came out, lol.
Ok so it's been six weeks and rode him for the first time today, my boy is back. The only medical treatment I gave him was 1. Gave one antibiotic shot per day for 5 days. 2. Kept foot wrapped for 4 days. 3. Once wrap was off cleaned hoof out with WATER ONLY morning & night. (packing it with anything can cause more harm than good p.s. More infection) 4. NO riding until completly heald, thus why my arse & legs are so sore tonight lol. Finally 5. Add 60ml of BIOTIN in his feed once a day. And keep it going as it is great for their feet.
Got this advice from my dad, he used the same treatment on his pinto colt when he was a baby & only had half a hoof. 16yrs later & has never had a problem.
Sorry for the long story but if it worked for us it may work for you, it will take time, longer than my 6 weeks but if it's your horses wellbeing that your caring for then it's worth it.
Like I said this was just my expeience, hope you find something to help.
P.S. The shoe is a good idea but getting a farrier with some experence with such problems would be better, as it would have to be checked every 4-5 weeks.
Thanks I was using a hoof supplement called Biotin but it didnt seem to affect him. He was also hard to keep weight on and people kept telling me all these different feeds I should try.
I have found the more basic his diet the better he does. His diet has been lots of hay then a pinch of garlic, pinch of seaweed meal and a pinch of salt mixed with some soy bean meal morning and night. I've heard the seaweed meal is excellent as long as you don't overfeed it. I hope it works though I have heard about some sort of sulphur that helps. It was ages ago that I heard about it.
My boys feed given at night :-
2 large scoops lucerne chaff
2 large scoops wheaten chaff
1 large scoop oaten chaff
1 large scoop Gumnuts
1/2 scoop pollard
1/4 scoop coprice M
60ml Garlic plus
30ml cooking salt
1 biscut lucerne Hay
And 1 biscut lucerne Hay in the morning
Just like people different thing work for different horses
And it all depends on where they are, I'm in Queensland, Australia so im sure our surroundings are very different to yours.
P.S. I know my sister many years ago used a sulphur & lard mix for some things, and it worked well too.
My horses used to have a similar diet to yours. I felt I was just feeding them a heap of stuff that wasn't helping them and costing extra money. My little quarter horse is almost fat on what I feed and my tb is not perfect but has improved.
I don't exactly measure the garlic and salt but its somewhere between a big pinch and a small handful. Generally I give them 2 biscuits of lucerne morning and night but it can vary a bit depending on the weight of the hay.