Originally Posted by horseyhmg
He can't go barefoot because he would be lame in about 2 days
The farrier and vet and past owners don't know why he has bar shoes on
Can't put pix of his feet up because my camera broke:(
So, why keep the bar shoes? At the very least, I would ask your farrier about a different style of shoe. Are you using steel or aluminum? Aluminum is easier to keep on from what I've seen and been told, but I'm not around the "shod bunch" very much, so take it with a grain of salt. Worth asking about though.
Maybe after this year's circuit is done you could pull her shoes and let her go barefoot in the pasture and use a *good* boot (old mac's for example) for when you are working? Depends on the pasture I guess though if her feet are so soft. I know this is being obstinant (sp.), but keep in mind that any horse will be touchy on newly barefoot hooves because they've never had the chance to develop caluses (sp.) -- think of running barefoot in the spring yourself -- ouchies the first week, but two more weeks and no trouble at all!
Regardless -- if you stay shod or not, a new way of looking at her feet is needed. If your farrier doesn't have new ideas, try for a 2nd opinion.