Yes! I got one right! I bet you've been through a lot of farriers. They all do it differently and so far this guy is doing for you what worked best for me. You can only do so much to change the shape of the feet. There is always going to be that 15 degree difference there. All you can do in context of shoes is what the farrier did, set the shoe back under the low foot to even out the breakover.
Just keep an eye on the underside of that high foot. Ideally the farrier should be knocking that toe back so the foot doesn't continue to stretch forward. That frog looks like it's barely touching the ground which will make that foot more prone to heel pain since the cushion on that foot is weaker since the frog doesn't come into enough contact with the ground.
As long as the hinds keep that nice wide bulbous heels bulbs and huge frogs, you'll be in good shape back there.
Loosie and Amazin, I never heard about that mane thing. In my horse's case, it doesn't fit. It tends toward his high foot side, which is neither his strong or favored side, but falls to both sides in most places which also makes no sense for a classic high/low. I'm done trying to train it to one side or the other. It can stay where it wants.
When he had the 15 degree imbalance he was lame as lame gets (so actually no we don't want the imbalance!! And no it won't always be there as he is sound and within 3-5 degrees now). It was right after a trim and reset and I had half a mind to call the guy and ask him who his drug dealer was. Immediately we had radiographs, shoes pulled and re-trimmed and the horse on laminitis preventatives as well as complete stall rest for three weeks until we could get some corrective shoes on. I then had to get a farrier that understands the mechanics of the feet and did not just trim off the same amount from each foot (as drug smoking farrier did - only took two trims to get to a 15 degree imbalance!). My farrier now tries to keep the toes on both feet in check (especially the runaway left front) and has totally addressed his LF crushed and severely underrun heels. He focuses more on having a healthy LF through corrective trimming and shoeing and maintaining the high hoof, rather then trying to even them out (previous farrier's great idea) or ignoring the hi/lo altogether (previous, previous two farriers including drug smoking farrier). He also measures the feet and records them, my horse has had the same toe length for a while on the RF and after messing around with it we've found a measurement that works. It's still almost a quarter inch shorter than the LF. Any shorter and we end up with imbalances (ie 15 degree, lame horse making, imbalances).
He is also turned out on dirt and worked in footing that both pack the feet so IMO gets as much contact with the frogs and soles as is possible with shoes and an excessively high foot. We don't have gravel really, so my farrier recommends actually not picking the feet out everyday when it's not muddy which helps.
And yes, his mane does fall on the right side towards the base of his neck, but the top of his mane goes on both sides equally and I think a lot of that is due to my RMT and treating his TMJ - which is extremely common in hi/lo horses!
Alright, I've just gotten back from having my horse's feet done. I only had a chance to snap a few pictures, but here is the finished product. I can take more pictures tomorrow if anyone wants them.
A front view (he was standing toed out on the RF - try as I might to get him squared up the outside was far more interesting!)
And then today my farrier pointed out to me some things he is seeing in the LF that he would like to try to correct this winter, I've summarized on this photo:
There are red lines outlining the problem areas, I've put them on the bars of the hoof and the areas where the hoof wall thins and weakens. I also put arrows to show where the nice, thick hoof wall on most of the hoof starts to thin out (just behind the widest part of the hoof).
The bars are quite bent and the hoof wall is quite weak, my farrier is saying this is worsened by as the hoof grows out, it grows out and forward, mostly toe, and takes the shoe up with it. He pointed out the very healthy frog on this hoof, and mentioned this is because of all the weight bearing it's doing.
He suggested what he would like to try come winter and the end of show season, I would like to see what the other farriers on the board would do as well. I really like his plan, but more options/discussion is always a good thing!