I'm going to have to politely disagree on trimming the bars. The bars will end up growing forward, sometimes all the way to the tip of the frog, to help support a thin sole. You can get a good idea of how thick a sole is by measuring the depth of the valley that is along side the frog. You can see that at the heel how deep the valley is, and compared to the valley at the tip of the frog, it's much shallower. If you take off the bars you'll instantly be removing some support for the thinner areas of the sole.
And if it hasn't already been mentioned, leave the sole alone. If you have a farrier that takes out their knife and proceeds towards the sole with it, stop em right away. There are some trimmers that will remove the toe callous, and some that will try to create a little more concavity with their knife. This is not a good idea, and there is no reason to be doing it. Make sure they leave the frog alone too. Again, some farriers like to take their knife and thin down the frog, this also is a bad idea.
As for your horse being, "dead lame", if the shoes are removed.....hogwash. It's probable he will be sore as he begins using new muscles and tendons, but he will adapt. And only time will let you know how long it's going to take. It's the same as if I've been sitting around all winter on my butt for 6 months and the all of a sudden come spring I hop up and take off for a run. I'm going to be sore afterwards, and there's no way around it, I have to get my body conditioned again to handle all that movement. Expecting to be at 100% instantly is asking for too much.
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Last edited by totalfreedom; 06-15-2013 at 11:35 AM.