Originally Posted by spirit88
The last farrier I fired had the heels high also. This new one lowered them some but not as much as I thought they should be.
Spirit, you can't just take a compromised foot & cut it down to 'ideal' parameters in one fell swoop.... assuming your idea of 'ideal' is indeed right for that particular foot at all anyway. I understand your frustration, really, but I'm afraid your questions don't give me confidence in you knowing how to do it any better either, so you may be going from 'pot to fire' so to speak if you fire him. I've picked, but it's not what I'd consider a terrible job, especially not knowing what the feet looked like when he started - it may be a great job considering.
Do you think those fronts apear club footed? ... Aren't the heels suposed to be back to widest part of frog? Or does it depend on the horse?
If you've read any discussions on 'club feet' you will see it's a very subjective term, basically meaning high, contracted heels, but that many people only call it a 'true club' if it's a certain degree, or if it's unilateral or such. Yes, the heel buttresses are supposed to be back close to the widest part of the frog, but just because they're not after a farrier has done one single trim of a compromised hoof. Yes, it also does depend, as do just about every specific 'rule' of hoofcare, which is why you can't just use a 'recipe' type approach & expect to get everything right like that.