Originally Posted by Missy May
Where the heels should be can become an obsession. :) My horses have really hard feet. The only part of their sole I can muster getting "out" is at the seat of corn and I only remove on occasion to let me know "how much" heel I can take off. Their frogs are a pretty good indicator of "how low" you can go, also. Unless, of course, for some reason the frog is so thick that it gives you a "false" idea.
But, as princess fluffy pointed out, you have to consider the balance of the "whole enchilada". You could, theoretically, get the heels to where they "belong", but have neglected to consider the toes. Not good. Often it takes working toward "optimum" for the whole hoof over many trims.
Yes Missy, that was confusing to me at first with the frog, still is a little. When we started, frog was very thick, I guess from having shoes on. Now, after having a little rain after no rain for so long, they have shed waaaaaaay down. I think I peeled an inch thick worth off.