Farrier took off the other shoe last night, and gave him a barefoot trim all the way around for the winter. I'll get some pictures this afternoon. It was dark when I got home last night.
One of the more common corrections for a horse who constantly over-reaches is to dub the toes on the front to ease breakover and sometimes, if that doesn't help, to leave a bit of shoe sticking out behind the hinds to make them land a little shorter. In theory, that should shorten the stride on the hind end where he's not catching those fronts before he can get them picked up. BUT, this is the old cowboy method of correcting that
. I'm sure there are other ways that might work better.
Granted I have not seen him do it, but I am suspecting that he is catching front shoes with his other
front leg. He does NOT have a long stride (never has) and while it is certainly not impossible and I have no way to prove it, but I'm just kinda doubting he is over-reaching to catch the front shoes.
Plus, it is always the inside
part of the shoe he catches. Always. I feel like if he was over-reaching, he may have happened to grab the outside part of the shoe once or twice. But it's always the inside back. I guess that's why I also have a hunch he's not over-reaching and it just catching front feet together.
My farrier doesn't really follow the old cowboy methods for the most part. He'll always tell me about ways he used to do things, before finding a better way which he does now.
Those are some high heels & long, flared toes, so not surprised he's pulling shoes. These sort of angles will also be making 'navicular' & other effects gradually worse, although I appreciate wedging heels is commonly a good palliative for 'navicular' pain.
Flared toes? I'm sorry. I don't see any flare on his toes.
I do agree that his heels can be taken down some, but he would have been due for his trim on Monday (in 3 days) which was 5 weeks from his last trim. But make sure you aren't taking the black pad as part of his heel, which I know matches the black dirt on his hooves that I coulda cleaned off a little bit better. I drew lines where his right hoof actually is, because there's pad between the hoof and the shoe.
In July when I had him at the lameness vet for this issue, the vet did not see any navicular changes in the bone. Of course, we couldn't see what was going on with the soft tissue.
We don't want to keep him in a wedge permanently. I had my farrier pull his shoe and give him a barefoot trim for the winter. I'll get some pictures later this afternoon. Next year I just want to try a "no wedge" shoe and see how he does with that. The shoes are still helpful because we can kinda control how he lands with each foot.
I know very little about feet but I do see some major heel...To me, it almost looks like he's standing on his toes. Like "tip-toeing" almost. And his front feet look a lot like my mare's grade 1 Club foot. :-/
He doesn't have a very long toe, but I guess I have never had anyone ever say he has a club foot.
And again, are you counting the pad in with the heel? He is a little "stood up" with the 2 degree wedge but it greatly helped with his lameness so for short-term I wasn't too concerned about it.