well folks, I think we have some breakthrough in the whole Eddie shoe issue!!!!
I had Eddie's owner come out to the barn to meet me last night. I showed him the many issues with Eddie's feet, and we discussed going barefoot as well. Owner isn't quite ready to go there yet, but I believe we may get there some day in the not too distant future. He says he has thought about it, but just never did anything about it.
I got tons of answers last night, and now am in a much better position than before in regards to the whole Eddie feet issue, and I understand a lot more about why owner has had Eddie shod so long.
Owner bought Eddie 4 years ago with shoes on him already. Eddie got shoes when he started in training (i will assume at 2 years since he did a reining show at 3 years old). Owner just kept the shoes on, and never asked at the time of purchasing the horse why Eddie had shoes. You know, the keep on with keepin' on for the sake of keepin' on sort of thing. When point blank asked why Eddie has shoes owner flat out said 'i honestly don't know'. It isn't good that owner never did find out if the shoes were on for therapeutic reasons at one point in the past, but as we can all see, they are not doing Eddie any good now.
The rear right hoof has a chip in it that leaves just one nail holding the shoe on on that side. I now have permission to call a farrier of my choice to pull the shoe if the rear right shoe should look like it is coming off before owner's farrier comes back from vacation. I am allowed that much so far. It is a start!!!! And if the right rear is going to get pulled, the left rear needs pulled too so that Eddie isn't barefoot on just one hind for the 10 days or more until regular farrier is back. Owner said that he wants to ensure I am there when regular farrier comes out to work on the front feet, to ask lots of questions, because owner just doesn't have answers for me. What this whole situation looks like is owner putting complete trust in one farrier for many years without researching or questioning anything. The regular farrier has been doing Eddie's feet since Eddie started training , so that is 7 long years with only one farrier, who IMO is not doing the greatest job.
I showed owner the front of hoof angles with a straight edge (hey, my big mane comb worked great! Lol), and the angle from coronet to where the toe meets the ground on his back feet is pretty much perfect/straight. On his front feet, I can nearly slide my index finger between his hoof and the comb on the left foot
right isn't quite so bad, but still dished pretty badly. I also pointed out the under-run heels, and other issues. I free longed Eddie to show him how blatantly he is landing toe first, how stiff he is striding due to feet issues, etc.
I believe yesterday's meeting really allowed Eddie's owner to see the level of dedication I have to this horse, and the amount of care I am willing to put in to ensure his feet are healthy as they can be. Perhaps Eddie's owner didn't realize before that i'm not just leasing to get my ride time in, but to care for and love on his horse as if Eddie were my own.