Thanks for the support guys! :)
ClaudiaD, that looks very interesting! I'm not a big "gimmick"-y stuff but that looks like it might be useful. I'll probably just stick with my rasp until something pushes me one way or another though, you know? :)
I'm jealous of you guys with fantastic farriers! I'm actually really really disappointed with my current guy. I asked around on my local horse board and he was, by far, the most recomended. Congrats on basically winning the lottery!
My current theory is that perhaps there's just not enough incentive for these hoof people (1st lady was a "barefoot trimmer", current guy is an actual farrier) to really do a good job. I mean, they come out to see a single horse who's ridiculously easy to trim (you don't even have to touch her for her to pick up her feet after the first hoof+she'll hold the hoof up herself for you, if you want!) and who doesn't do any sort of performing besides just being loveable+trail riding. If I were in their shoes, I knew I was going to be paid the lowest amount on my pay scale, and I had already had a tough day filled with super picky owners+testy horses, I might not do my best work. Of course, as the owner, I think they should be doing their best work always, but I can see it from their side too.
I think too, as Lacey gets more visually impaired+as arthritic changes occur more and more, there might come a point where she can't/won't tolerate a stranger hauling on her legs. At that point, it would be ideal to already have the know-how to do it myself. It would be ideal in any situation but yknow.
I'll hopefully be able to add some pictures to this thread tomorrow/the next day, just to see what you all think.
I did not take off much at all today, I just focused on following the white line/sole around and making the hoof wall run parallel to those things (the hoof wall had been verging outward in some areas, like I mentioned in the OP).
Excellent point AQHA13! ;) The rule of thumb over here is conservative! :)
I'm not sure how to do her back hooves because they are super super upright (just due to how she wears them - she drags them when walking dowhill, I assume in an attempt to kinda "feel" her way down since she stabs her front toes into the ground going uphill as well and both ways of going have become more pronounced as her sight has deteriorated) and, even though they're chippy too, I'm not sure how to "improve" them without going too far.... I'll post pictures tomorrow. :)