Originally Posted by Trinity3205
We can't really help you much more without a good set of hoof photos and a video of her moving illustrating the toe dragging would be greatly helpful. Everything is just a guess without more info. That picture shows me what could either be a badly flared toe that is being drug off or a toe that is way too short being drug off. There isnt enough info with just one view to get a 3D idea of the overall hoof shape.
Thanks for your response. I was going to post pictures and video today too but... :) I am glad to report that I had one of the top farriers in my area come out and assess her. I got lucky and he happen to be in the area when I called and had time to stop by.
So what I learned:
I was right to change farriers...
There was 2 very sweet and gentle men who showed up even after my horrible directions (idk how to make the red face but *embarrassing*). Called my mare by sweet pet names like sis, hun, baby girl :) kinda funny to see a couple cowboys all "teddy bear" like and my mare is pony sized too :)
They made me feel like they cared and I didn't feel stupid asking questions about everything. They explained every step of the way without hesitation.
Another thing that stood out was that they took the time to assess WHY she drags her feet. 2 reasons: conformation and scar tissue in one of her shoulders.
She is ridable! She'll never do endurance but that's OK :)
Getting her shod would keep her feet pretty but could risk more damage because she has no give or release, would be harder on her shoulder. I can't explain it how I want but the farrier made sense the way he showed me. I'm a visual learner.
We decided to keep her barefoot with weekly trims for the next 2 weeks. Then monthly trims until we can balance her out and properly align her legs and feet, correct angles, etc...
My last farrier really trimmed her badly. One side of her heel was almost 1/2 inch higher. Heels were way too high anyway...
... uh oh gotta run, can't be late for work.... finish update soon :) Posted via Mobile Device