These photos really show how out of control those bars/heels are. Your false sole is starting to resolve but the bars are still pooling and tall. Is there anyone around you who could give this horse a trim that might at least get everything all cleaned up for you and the bars in hand so you can take over? Have you looked at ELPO farriers? She really needs a good and proper trim by knowledgeable eyes and skilled hands on those bars IMO.
Trinity, I sure have looked into ELPO trimmers. I would love to have someone out, and might still resort to "anybody" at this time. ETA: had a suggestion of a dremel tool for those bars, which intrigues me. I have my doubts of her tolerance of such shenanigans, but I am pretty sure we are going to give it a go and see how she feels about it.
You don't really have a lot of false sole in there.The "depth" you are seeing at the frog apex is just grossly overgrown BARS that have grown so tall and forward that they have nearly connected at the frog apex. Its like a narrow V shaped 'ring' of bar all the way around the frog.
The sole itself is not all that overgrown but may give the appearance of that because of some hoof wall separation at the edges of the sole creating an abnormal deep crevice there. So basically the heels and bars need to be cut down, a lot. Those heels are nearly an inch too long at the back. Do you have nippers?
Patty, I do indeed have nippers. Not good ones, that is apparent without even having owned any other pair. I can NOT for the life of me make a grab on those bars with them, however. I am sure it is a matter of learning the application, so maybe someday. Bleh. And yeah, I know those hels are high. But I am having a hard time reconciling bring them down with obeying the sole. Fro the back I can clearly see an inch of extra height (although she did she shed most of her frog tissue, I am actively treating for thrush) so I feel it may be deceiving. The bars are more like a half-inch at the most above the sole. But also laid over.
And yes, some of that is overgrown bar. It was super-pronounced a couple weeks ago when all I did is pare that down. But it is also true that some of that is sole, too. In the hinds it crumbles right out (when soft, anyway,) very much the texture of sole vs. bar.
How far are you from the Indiana border? I may know a few farriers who would be willing to help out.
I am trying not to get too excited. I am 35 minutes north and slightly west of South Bend. 20 minutes from Michigan City.
Thank you all so much, you have taken the time to chime in, here. I am a much better maintain-er than fix-er, so if I could find someone recommended or trusted (or both!) to help us with a trim or two to get us back on track that would be amazing. Your help is very much appreciated.