Totalfreedom, thanks for the great advice! I have seen that youtube channel, I sometimes have a hard time following though because I try watching it at work and get distracted.
I've looked for a ELPO farrier near by and theres on in MD that's like 60 miles from me...so not sure if he would come to me but I could always try calling!
Yeah he's been sore for about two weeks. He seems to be doing a little better each day though. My normal farrier finally called back, he agreed not to put shoes on and just give him a little more time off for the bruise to heal. His gf works with the vet and she was for that too.
Correct me if I am wrong but I thought long toe/low heel, whether severe or mild, was NOT to be corrected with shoes? I thought a good hoof must first be obtained via barefoot then you could move into steel shoes if desired. In order to get the hoof to grow with the correct angles it must be trimmed or touched up more frequently than shoeing would allow.
I personally, LOVE my horses being shod, however.....I don't shoe everybody. For one that developes soreness like your horse has. I would just start trimming more frequently to correct the underrun heels and leave him barefoot. I would not put shoes on him. Shoes can cause underrun heels to become much worse than they originally started.
All I know is that my Franki horse, left unshod gets underrun heels . He is retired now, and half blind in one eye, and totally blind in the other , does not get ridden or turned as he runs into the fences and does not get shod any longer and has crappy heels now.
Finalllly have an update. Equisocks took FOREVER to get here it felt like :( I had a different farrier out, my normal one just hasn't been reliable and wasn't interested really in trying them...So I found one that actually lives right around the corner, is an easyboot dealer and has used them before! She's only used them a few times so it didn't come out beautiful but I think she did well enough. We made sure its not over the Coronet band...
I tried to grab a few pics before she started of her trim job but didn't want to seem like the weirdo taking millions of pictures of his hooves and holding her up lol...I'll get better pics of his fronts tomorrow.
Not the best critique pics for the backs...but do you see any difference from her work to my previous farrier? I'll post fronts ASAP so you can get a better idea of her work. His freaking heels look so bad to me, his fronts are so much better. Hope the casting helps him be a little more comfortable till he gets some proper growth there :(