Like all winter, letting him grow out to a point where the shoes basically "fell" off, and he has been barefoot and sound.
Hi, I'm guessing he's got unusually good feet then, if the above is accurate, because most horses, even if they start out OK, will suffer for being left way too long in shoes without care.
(Only lame steps this guy has ever taken has been last year when I tried to pull shoes to get him barefoot).
But then this seems to contradict the above...??
am not a fan of this guy, since he is the type who is trying to sell me his naturally green tee oil stuff for thrush (that has never been an issue), etc. I am also not a huge believer that all horses should be trimmed the same, which is seemingly what he is trying to sell me.
To be fair, thrush can indeed be a problem without owners noticing - deep central sulcus thrush for eg. Regarding all horses being trimmed the same, I agree that that would be a bad principle to work to, assuming that's actually the case. What do you/he mean by trimming the same? Does he measure angles & lengths & then attempt to cut the foot to an 'ideal'?
Anyway-my guy comes up lame the next day. UGH! So, I call him. He comes out, tells me to put Emu oil on the feet daily, and that it will take abotu 6-10 days. Ok-well, it has been 2 weeks, my guy is still off slightly in the front, especially if he steps on a stone.(he was FINE walking on stones prior to this idiot). AND, this guy want to come back in another week and do another trim, since supposedly my horse has SO much sole...
Again, to be fair, without much info, only your opinions to go on, wouldn't want to judge. It could always have been a coincidence that the horse went lame post trim, but especially in light of the 'so much sole' comment, it's very possible the trim could have been at fault. Did he pare sole last time? Was he trying to carve in concavity by any chance?
If your horse is lame & has been for that long, I'd be inclined to call a *good* vet who's experienced with lameness. The horse may have copped a stone bruise through thinned soles, which has abscessed. You may also need to protect/support the bottom of his feet with pads/boots or such(not conventional metal rims) for the time being too, if he's been very aggressively trimmed.
So... I couldn't judge a situation or person over the internet, especially with so little info, so I couldn't say whether you're reasonable or unreasonable about this farrier, but I personally don't believe cutting to preconceived angles/lengths is a good thing, or that paring sole & frog generally(there are exceptions) is either, and if he did pare sole, it is quite possible it was farrier error that caused the lameness. Again, there are exceptions and coincidences, so don't automatically jump to blame, but as a rule, horses should be the same or better after a trim, not more tender/lame from it.