Well, my farrier is coming out today to do Duffy, and I am hoping the get some good pictures of his work and let you guys rip it apart, if thats okay.
She is very pigeon toed on the front... I want to know if the shoeing is helping or causing more issues with this.
Our farriers out here are... well.. if you find one that doesn't make your horse lame, you're doing great.
If you were shoeing a horse with pigeon toes, what would you be doing and expecting with 10 months worth of shoeing? I didn't take any before pictures, which I should have done, but her feet were in horrid condition when I bought her.. old nails left in, thrush, over grown. Urgh... horrid.
Will post pictures later!
Trimming/shoeing a horse with limb deviations requires a knowledge of how those deviations affect foot landing and flight path.
A pidgeon-toed horse (toes in) will typically have a cannon bone offset to the lateral side of the carpus joint (knee). The result is that the horse will breakover on the lateral side of the foot, flare on the medial side and tend to wing during the flight path.
So, what should the farrier do and what can one expect, as you suggested, ten months down the road?
Whether trimmed or barefoot, breakover should be eased on the lateral side to reduce joint stress. Trim for level heels and sole plane. The farrier should NOT lower one heel in an attempt to make the horse less toed-out. Additional support may be needed on the medial heel quarter (can't do that barefoot). The shoes should be heavily boxed and safed as any additional support (extra steel) means an increased risk of the horse pulling a shoe.
The horse will probably still wing during the flight path (depending on deviation severity) but landing should be relatively flat with eased lateral breakover as the foot leaves the ground.
No one can "correct" a limb deviation but we can better manage the ground reaction forces that effect the hoof capsule conformation and stress on the distal limb joints.
What can we expect ten months later? A generally sound horse able to meet its owners performance expectations with the limits of the animals conformational abilities.