For the most part I knew in 3 visits from farriers they werent going to fix anything. Last year I had no choice but to use farrier I didnt like his work. My horses had to have shoes so I put up with less then good work.
This year only used new farrier 2 times then fired him but I didnt need shoes on my horse. So that's why I fired him if my horse would of been usable I would of used him any way....once again put up with less then good work.
Spirit. Since you've had poor farriers in the past and are hesitant to stick with another one, not trusting anyone anymore, how do YOU see the job he did? Is your horse looking better each time? Does your horse seem to be getting closer to where he should be? How do you rate your hooves now compared to 8 months ago or a year ago? I think you are knowledgeable enough to tell good from poor, and can judge improvement. And your farrier seems like one who is open to communication, and if your thoughts are back up the toe and the heels, put it to him as a question. Or ask what his plan is with the hooves. See if what he says is similar to what you want.
Pictures are great, but hoof in hand is better. I've seen some pretty good distortions made by any camera. It's unavoidable. I take a lot of pictures of each hoof and take them home and pick out the ones that most resemble accuracy. A hoof angle can look way different if the camera slightly stretches it, or depending on the pastern angle based on how the horse is standing. This can make or break a decent trim in your presence.
I use a hoof gauge. I do not want my horse's feet, any of them below 50 degrees. I can gauge every shoeing and if my eyes are seeing things accurately and see which direction they are going. The same with a length of toe measurement. Write them down each time. Measure toe from ground to the hair line.
If Loosie, Patty , and I And others are each seeing something way different, I can only say we differ based on how much and where we are picking up on distortion by different things.
Bottom line for me I will give this farrier a star for his angles. If his angles are Ballpark about 50 degrees front and 55 on the back Ballpark!, or above, then I would be judging the trim more of a good one. If the fronts are below 50 degrees Ballpark! I would question myself whether it's the farrier, improvement or not each shoeing, or how the angle of the pastern is looking based on how the horse is standing and why. Ask him what the angles are and toe length and right them down. Or take them yourself after he leaves. From what I see, the longer the toe and the more underrun the heels get = poor angle. In post #2, Waresbear thinks they are steep. I think they are good. Others see the angle is too low. Too low would mean that the toe is run forward and the heel is run forward.