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.
Last edited by greenhaven; 06-07-2014 at 08:40 PM.
Reason: another look at newest pics