Originally Posted by Kayella
The picture Smrobs marked SHOWS that he doesn't have bad feet. The new growth is growing in correctly. What's happening is the laminae is tearing away from the hoof wall from constant flaring and is splaying out like it is. I wonder if the coffin bone has a negative PA and is sinking? Poor horse. I would try and convince the owner to get radiographs done to show her that his feet need done horribly and the farrier she has now isn't worth a lick. Or, offer to trim the horse for free. In such a poor case like this where the horse is suffering at the owner's hands, I would want to do anything I could to help him out.
PS, I think backward shoeing is done to shorten breakover and offer heel support. But all it's doing is crushing the heels. He doesn't need the grow heel, they need to be shortened and brought back to where they should be. There's plenty there for the farrier to take away.
Kayella, I see what you're saying about the new growth. Looks pretty good to a point. I think you're right.
I would have trimmed, but , it looks like those heels have to come way back (slowly) and be wedged up for the time being. Even those heels in the first cm. Come in straight, then bend so far forward, that it takes a while to find the end of the heel. So right now, it's not something I'd want to do without some more experience.
As far as I know, the picture is not distorted, but it sure looks bad right in your face rather than looking down on them.
I can't believe that someone who is very well educated, who fawns all over her horse, loves the horse to death, and will spend anything for anything the horse needs, can look at those feet without crying. And the "professionals" at the barn all say that the farrier is doing all he can for the horse. Bunk!