^So long as you deal with the mechanics - bevel from the ground - they should grow out/better. I do believe there is more to it, but rasping away flares on the surface of the wall is largely cosmetic, so I wouldn't stress if you can't do that.
Here are updated pics. Last trim was I believe 3 weeks ago. These are his fronts. I also have back pictures that I'm wondering if someone could tell me about the lines in them? They just appeared recently and he has just been introduced onto (semi) lush grass. The one picture of his RF really concerns me. It almost looks like he foundered by the way the hoof looks like it dips but then in the second pic or the RF it looks completely normal. Maybe just a bad pic??
(This is the pic that concerns me, but in the next picture it looks fine)
(I know they're not adequate for critiquing. Just wondering about those rings) Posted via Mobile Device
I am not an expert by any means; rather, it helps me learn when I critique another hoof or trim and find out where/how what I see differs from what others see.
That said, I agree with princessfluffybritches when she said that it looked like your horse had taken a step or two backwards in his progress. It is EXACTLY what I was thinking. The initial trim by your new/current farrier looked awesome, but suddenly those heels look like they are coming under again and toes stretching out again.
By any chance is she KC La Pierre-trained? I do not intend to slam at ALL, because I have seen some amazing work done by IAEP practitioners, but I have also found that the one-size-fits-all trim applied to every horse often results in exactly what you are finding (or what I see) on your horse. The exact same thing happened to me with my horse.
As for the rings, those are probably diet-related. Especially since he is a Haflinger extra care should be given to ensure he maintains a low-carb diet.
PS, as I am looking back I truly believe he should have made better progress by now. As for the solution, I do not have anything to offer you. I have found, however, that utilizing forums like these are invaluable. Best wishes.
The main issue is that there is still too much heel . They are run forward under the foot, which is continually driving the flare at the toe (heels go forward..so does the toe) and causing the hairline to remain curved bent upward above the ends of the under run heels. The bine angle INSIDE the feet is a lot steeper than the outer flared toe makes it appeart so lowering the heels to bring their ends rearward will NOT mis-align the bones (if you may be worried about that) . It will help place them INTO alignment. And will help frog health issues.
As to leaving flare is IS more than cosmetic. It is mechanical because the forward bend in the lower end of the horn tubules slows the progress of getting straighter new growth. The flare tends to direct the new growth forward with it.