Hoof critique after new farrier
I spent the past few weeks trying to get a new farrier out who has a good reputation around here. W well, I've still had zero luck in that department. So, this farrier came out again. I talked to him about some of the more memorable concerns that were pointed out on here - contracted heels, too much toe, and flare on the one front hoof. He agreed that he was long and appeared to bring the toe back a little more than last time. The contracted heels he said were due mostly to his conformation - longer, slightly upright patterns. He agreed that one side of each hoof was slightly contracted and said that he could cut it back (paraphrasing) to make it look better, but that his heels would always look somewhat like that because of his conformation. I decided to take the shoes off to see how he does since he never really needed them in the first place.