Originally Posted by 5kiddos
Pic 4 are the fronts. They were even longer before the trim and actually bending/breaking forward to a different angle and the very tips (if that makes sense?).
This farrier did say they needed more work, but didn't want to take off too much as he may get sore. I got the impression it was going to take more than one trim to get them right. He also said heels were more worn down because of the long toes as opposed to underrun?
I thought he might return sooner than 8 weeks to do some more work on them, but when I asked he said 8 weeks. What would be more reasonable, 5-6 weeks? I could call and schedule him sooner, I am sure.
I would like to give this farrier a chance as he comes recommended by my trainer and others. This horse, unfortunately, had not been on a regularly trimming schedule previously, so that didn't do him any favors.
I am in the Northwest Denver area, BTW.
Picture #3 looks like it has a tail hanging in it like a hind shot. Sorry if it's not!
I don't remember if you said this is a new horse to you or not. Yes the farrier is correct in not being drastic, especially on your hard ground. However, he needed to back up these run forward toes. Leaving the toes this long will only pull the heel more underrun. To give the heels a better chance of correcting themselves, the toe can be backed up, and relief given to the quarters. With this, the heels will actually speed up the correction. As far as I understand, leaving some protection is by leaving some wall and sole. Correcting a horse's angles, toes, and heels as appropriate, is putting the horse back to less strain on his feet and legs.