Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Hi/lo syndrome may be normal for the horse. One will always grow upright and one will always try to grow longer toe and forward heel. If the current farrier followed his anatomy, he may be right. If the past farrier tried to make the hooves look the same, he may have been thinking that this was right, but it wasn't. The LF is underrun, which may take a while to improve, then maintenance is the key.
I'm going by the pictures now. Is the low foot hanging over the shoe on the sides? It should not be. The shoes look short to me and should be a bit longer in the back for more support . Are his shoes kinda thick? The pastern is not going to bend as much because the "high" foot is like that probably because the tendons are tighter.
Like in my horse the run forward hoof is the challenge . You have to continuously keep that toe back and get back the heels as much as the horse's hoof angle will allow.
The horse's situation involves maintenance of each hoof individually, not try to make them look the same. Then use an exercise routine to help his balance-Others can recommend what exercises.
The past farrier may have been trying to increase the angle of the LF and all he got was a foot that was longer toed and underrun. Increasing the angle is slow work to not let the hoof run forward while doing so.
It looks like the current farrier may be working on improving the balance. Call him and tell him that the horse seems unbalanced. He may be able to do more.