This isnt the first time I have seen this on my freinds horse Im hoping someone can tell me the reason why. Asking her "old time" farrier wont get me anything but told off. So the farrier leaves the bars, they are extremely thick and run the entire length up the frog. They are not exactly layed over, they are big and thick and then, at the tip of the frog they splat out in a circle bigger than a silver dollar all the way to the tip of the toe. The horse is landing on this bar material before he lands on his walls and at the toe, he is difinately not hitting any wall to the ground as the build up is so much. In my mind the first thing I would do is start working towards getting that cut away. I believe the farrier is doing this as sole protection. I have just never heard of protecting a sole by letting the bar material cover it. I would think there would be so much more chance for abscesses let alone how comfortable it truly is for him to walk on that. This horse is not a horse I trim, its just a friends horse so I wont be working on it, or I don't think I will be. I am just very stumped on "why". Anyone have any opinions on this?