Here are the pics from day after Thanksgiving. I'm inluding one that really shows how compromised the hoof wall was (look at her other foot in the background and compare angles). Note the giant ripple/deviation in the wall-that is laminitis from the wound healing process and could have caused major rotation in this hoof. Frequent trimming without a shoe kept this from being worse. In following pics, if the trim looks too short, I'd agree. But, in her case, we decided it was better to go short and keep the wall connection as intact as possible. To make up for this, we put an EquiCast on her to protect her from bruising, and to continue to support her foot laterally for the healing wound during turnout. This is NOT an example of a healthy foot trim..it's a modified trim for the situation at hand and I will be changing it as the ripple grows out, and hoof protection will be provided as necessary in casts or hoof boots.
Again, originally, the vet's prognosis was that this mare would be in the stall for months, with a grim outlook for future soundness, but it's just been since the last part of Sept. , and she's already going to pasture turnout with vet's approval. Trimming for the unique situation helped, but mild exercise, and great tempermant on the horse helped this heal much faster than anticipated. Hope the pics help.