Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bethel, Ohio USA
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Looking at the solar views as compared the other photos, one would almost think they were looking at two different horses.
This horse is base narrow in the hinds, less so in the forelimbs. The result is the flaring you see on the lateral side of each hoof. The problem is particularly pronounced on the left fore and left hind. I would expect to see distortion of the whiteline and possible separation between sole and wall, particularly on the left fore.
There appears to be a lot of unexfoliated solar material, indicated by the deep collateral commissure depth and heel length.
Removing that material should be done cautiously given the terrain visible in the photos. I'd be inclined to shoe this horse to avoid any sensitive post-trim problems.
This horse presents upright pasterns, exaggerated by the heel length and hoof capsule conformation. He'll be choppy at the jog/lope.
He's loading excessively at the anterior aspect of the foot, dragging the capsule forward. This d/p distortion is evident when viewed in terms of the widest part of the foot (it's too far forward). The problem is a consequence of his current, upright conformation. Bringing the base of support palmar/plantar will help correct some of that problem.
Your farrier will want to address the lateral distortion, d/p distortion, excess solar material and heel length then will probably apply shoes to afford the horse short term protection and enhance load balance. Nothing fancy here but it is a situation where the inexperienced practitioner could get themselves in trouble.