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Hoof critique after another new farrier

I had a new, new farrier come out. This was only 3.5 weeks after the last trim, so he said he didn't want to do too much. He did notice that his feet are too tall all around and said it's very common to find in the tri-state area (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana) for farriers to "stack" the feet. I guess with all the QHs with teeny tiny feet, that's becoming a popular practice and because Arabs typically have smaller feet, it's been bleeding over for some time. He said more and more farriers are doing it because that's what the person they apprenticed with did. I took pictures almost immediately after the trim (he got a bath first because the weather was beautiful). What this guy took off after 3.5 weeks was at least as much as the other farrier would take off after 5-6 weeks. I hope that's a good sign. He also backed up the toe on the clubby foot more than the other guy ever did. I've noticed my horse moving better and tripping less. Whether the two are related, I have no idea. He'll be out again in the middle of May for another trim and start getting him back down to a normal height.

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Fronts look okay, but the whole hoof could be brought down just a smidge more like the hinds (highest point of frog should be level with the foot). I personally would've taken a bit more sole out if he were mine, but not everyone does that, so I wouldn't worry about it.

While his toe angle matches his pastern, I personally would bring the toe back maybe a quarter inch (maybe) farther than what it is. It also looks like he left a bit of flare on the quarters, but I'm not positive from the pictures (and my eyes are bugging me tonight for some reason).

I like the back feet. Aside from a smidge more off the toes (imo), they look well balanced.

I wouldn't complain at all about the trim job. I can't remember if I saw before pictures, but I'd probably keep with this farrier if I didn't feel like doing my own (what I'm doing, because the one I found is CUTE! lol).

Also, I fully believe him taking more toe off the club would result in less tripping. I've seen a lot of "stacked up" feet in my western pa area as well..I wish I had the stamina to go trim as a job, but I just don't have enough time in a day or the start up money for a little trailer and the rest of my tools (I just trim mine early so I don't need to use nippers, unless I plan to have my very talented, cute farrier out :p ).
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This time around was an evaluation more than anything and he took off a little and did some shaping to help him evaluate without doing a full trim. I typically like more sole taken off, too, though.

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