At this point, I am un-sure who to call. The vet diagnosed her with navicular and found no abscess when clearly, I think that's it. The farrier I have right now isn't doing his job I feel as all of my riding horses have hoof cracks and I've discussed with him her false soul and contracted heels, he seems to think nothing is wrong!
Hard, isn't it, when you can't find any 'experts' you can trust. That's why I think it's so important to do your own homework & at least learn the principles yourself, so you can have a good idea of what's what & make more informed decisions. Lack of good 'experts' in my area is what led me to learning to do it myself & then become a hoof care practitioner.
I don't remember your last thread - may look it up if I get time - but I would say with a hoof shaped such as that, 'navicular' is
a likely problem. Bearing in mind that it basically means unexplained heel pain, and if 'properly diagnosed' also means unexplained DDFT & bone damage. I personally am quite comfortable with the explanations of people such as Pete Ramey, based on recent research and I use the same sort of 'methods' he advocates with success.
Bearing in mind animals can't talk & tell us exactly where & how it hurts, I give vets some leeway, as it often has to come down to a bit of educated guessing. And of course there are very good, knowledgable vets & farriers out there, but there are also many not so great ones, so you need to understand enough about the principles underlying hoof function & soundness, and underlying the treatment options, to have some idea of who you're dealing with, and how you want to deal with it. Eg. One school of thought is that 'navicular' horses should have their heels jacked up further from ground contact, wear bar shoes... to manage the 'incurable' problem until it's too far progressed to be helped. There is also the 'natural' school of thought which is pretty much the opposite to that. I happen to follow the second camp, but don't advise you to just take my word for it & do likewise. Make it an informed decision either way.
With only those few pics to go on, it appears that there is definitely an issue with heel height, and not recognising contracted heels, regular hoof cracks, etc are other indications of possible farrier fault, it would only be a guess for me to judge the farrier. There are many factors that could come into it, don't have enough information.
Depends what you mean by 'false soles' but this could be due to large solar abscesses which have separated old sole from the new growing from the corium. It could also be that due to hoof shape & function, your horse has just retained a lot of the dead sole. Either way, *as a rule*(there are always exceptions), I wouldn't pare it, but leave it there for extra support & protection.
Its been eight weeks so everyone is due however I'd rather not call either of the two guys out so I'm looking for someone. At this point I'm willing to pay gas for someone farther away but still no luck!
If it's been 8 weeks, it *may* be better to just get your usual guy for now, if it's likely to be any more than a couple of weeks before you can potentially find someone good. In the meantime, do your research, and if you get onto hoofrehab.com, any hoofcare forums, the AANHCP or such(I'm presuming you're in USA?) they should be able to point you to someone in your general vacinity.