Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
Well, I am not an expert and wouldn't know, but it is hard to really see the toe relative to the hoof from the picture. I am guessing someone that would be able to actually provide a decent opinion would need at least a side shot.
He is a handsome fellow. And the shoe job certianly looks like it was done w care.
I am sure he is traveling on flat ground when you observe a toe first landing?
Anyway, I once started obsessing on whether my mare's foot fall was "correct". It is very useful to have someone help you film them traveling on solid flat ground using a decent camera - then slow it way down w editing software and study it. It removes all doubt. Do it from several angles whilst you are at it to maximize your effort. In my case, her foot landing was just fine...but it is harder than you think to see "everything" going on there relative to foot fall w just the naked eye.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.