Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
I go out to a ride for a couple of days and get all behind on my own thread! :)
In that same album as the original post, the barefoot pictures are from about 18 months ago. Up until I moved this summer, the farrier who did that barefoot trim in the album did all his trims and shod him. He was always sound and never interfered.
Then I moved here, and had to find a new farrier, this fellow. Things were golden the first time, the second he started interfering left to right the same week and over-reaching at 3/4 weeks. The shod pictures in the album are about 20 minutes after the third shoeing with the new farrier. Went and did 30 miles yesterday, 5 days post trim, with no interfering or lameness other than a couple off strides after stepping on a big rock (shoes do diddly for protecting soles on big chunk gravel roads).
I am not disillusioned with farriers. I know there are good ones. What I was concerned I was seeing, and the reason for the thread, was the toe not being brought back and the heel being allowed to grow long/forward, and that with the square/not beveled shoes pushing the breakover point forward. That makes me worry about tendon/ligament strain in the long run along with toe separation. I will admit I didn't take any affront at him trimming the frog as I am somewhat accustomed to so many farriers doing it that I took that as normal, but I can definitely see how that is not helpful to the hoof mechanism and blood circulation as a whole.
Honestly, and as the farrier and I were joking about when he came out, my horse doesn't have pathologic feet, and if I wasn't riding the miles at speed that I am, he would be barefoot and I'd probably be touching up the above concerns with my rasp myself, but shoes make that much more difficult. I think the litmus test may be to see if he is over-reaching and tripping again at the end of this cycle.
I LOVE having so many smart people respond here. And Patty- you make a great point that I will have to bear in mind, that with strong walls, separation may not be so visible and in fact, the hoof wall may NOT be mirroring the internal structures like it ought to be in a healthy hoof, even if on first (my inexperienced) glance it appears as though it should be.