Ugh...argh...and headdesk. So, as many of you know, I attempted to take my horse shoeless over the past 6 months. It went relatively well, but once the ground became rock hard due to the dry summer, there was just no way around throwing front shoes on to get through the rest of the show season. There is still about 1/3 of front foot that has to grow out, so logic tells me what harm can shoes do since they will be going on the unwanted part of the hoof anyway. I put them on for 6 weeks, let them fall off and continue on with barefoot over the winter and revisit at the start of next show season. I figure, "what harm can 6 weeks do?" IDIOT!!!!!
I am only 3 weeks in and the heel on his club foot is already contracting, the frog is shrinking, the toe is shooting forward taking the sole along with it, and there's not a **** thing I can do about it!!! I have to continue with the shoes since we have a hunter pace next week and a show the following week. The real "*itch" of it is, this is work from a good farrier. The job looks very nice, but the frog simply is not on the ground and it's all quickly going to hell as a result.
I really wish this horse could go barefoot. But after 6 months, he's still 5mm short of comfortable sole depth on his fronts. I can't show in boots, and it's not like they stay on anyway. I am crossing my fingers that the depth will come once the entire new hoof has grown in, but this setback happening in such a short amount of time really stinks. I spent 6 months getting the frog from the club foot touching the ground. It was finally looking healthy when I had to put the shoes on. I'm not looking for any advice...just needed to rant a bit. Ironically he is very happy in his shoes and moving beautifully.