Originally Posted by Saddlebag
Mark, how does one recognize heel pain in the hinds?
Horse won't load the heels while standing. Will tend to stand with the hinds camped out behind or frequently shift weight between hind feet, carrying most of the weight at the toe.
Horse is reluctant to reach forward with the hinds at the job or lope.
Horse will react to hoof testers around the heel area.
Visual evidence of bruising, trauma or pathology at the seat of corn in the buttress area.
Etc, etc, etc.
This is an area that is often overlooked by many farriers and trimmers. Altho the onus is on the owner to learn, what should one do if questions seem to get the farrier's panties in a twist?
I can't speak for other farriers and don't know (don't wanna know!) if any wear panties!
That said, I can answer any and all questions an owner may present. Admittedly, some of those answers may be "I don't know". It's not a great answer but it is valid.