It is really, really hard to find photos of their feet, but I found three from the barn in question. The first one is their big-name stallion. I'm no farrier, but I've discussed this extensively with my farrier (who used to shoe for them) and with other farriers online, and yes, this creates huge lameness problems down the road--and frequently in the current day. There's a reason that horses' feet don't naturally look like this: it's not conducive to soundness. Ever heard of "long toe, low heel" syndrome, and the problems it causes? Yeah. I have personal experience with that in my horses after an experience with a very bad backyard farrier. One constantly tripped very badly but recovered once his hooves were fixed, one developed navicular and never regained soundess, and one suffered multiple tears to the deep digital flexor tendon under the coffin bone. And weighted shoes, as I've said before, multiply the effects of improper movement and are tough on joints. When you need to bolt metal bands across the top of the hoof to make the shoe stay on, you know something is wrong.
Originally Posted by drop_your_reins
If we want to start discipline bashing, I can bring up a ton of horror stories in the racing industry, working western (QHs), Hunter/Jumper circuit, Dressage, etc.
Absolutely. Lord knows the horror stories I could tell about Western Pleasure barns, halter, barrel racing, and roping. But I'd argue that most everyone is so accustomed and numb to the problems in their own discipline that they fail that they fail to see what others perceive as abuse. They see it as normal, necessary, right. Not so. If you stop thinking about it from the perspective of winning in the show ring, and consider the best interest of the horse and its welfare only, you'll see that many of the things we take for granted in our own sports are honest-to-god detrimental to the horse's physical and mental wellbeing.