I believe the strong difference of opinion here stems from different ideas about the basic function of the hoof wall and other structures of the foot.
Amigoboy, you were taught the same way I was initially 32 years ago. Obviously you have has a successful carer using those methods. And you still believe that the hoof wall is supposed to be a primary weight bearing structure. I was taught that too. Therefore I USED to believe that, and I used that same theory for 14 years.
However after being introduced to some new and thought provoking ideas in early 1996, I changed my thinking over time by trying out these ideas on horses, and seeing the successful results.
I consistently witnessed rapid positive changes in my own client's horses that convinced me to look differently at the horses foot and move away from how farriers have been trimming and shoeing for the last few centuries. It has been nothing but positive, and horses have improved their soundness and performance, across the board. For me as well as all the other farriers who arwe doing it the newer way.
So Amigoboy, just as your methods are accepted and safe, so is this. It is just a little different approach . Your fears that this method harms horses are unfounded as long as the method is applied correctly. (just as in traditional methods)
As well I am a bit confused with what you say about the weakening of the wall by removing flare because ALL decent farriers I know including AFA journeymen remove flare from the hoof wall routinely. Do you have issue with them.
The AFA says in their guidelines that the farrier should remove the flare BEFORE fitting a shoe to the foot. Given that you clearly support the AFA doesn't that create conflict with your idea that is needs to be left alone? Please clarify that contradiction for me.