Oxer, about the no shoes thing. I think you know that I have always been a proponent of using shoes on high performance horses as they do have many benefits. But after some recent revelations with my FEI horse, we did pull the shoes. It's been 6 months now and he is able to walk comfortably on gravel. I do have to be more careful in his management, but the overall change is worth it. As well if it doesn't work out, you can always shoe him again. If he is on stall rest, now is the perfect time to pull the shoes as many horses need stall rest after pulling shoes.
And about the farrier versus barefoot trimmer thing, stick with your farrier. A well educated farrier will 95% of the time do a better job than any barefoot yahoo, and if you need to look into other options, your farrier is your best resource. Mine has 3-5 options lined up should we need to shoe or "shoe" my horse. Everything from fill to plastic shoes to strengthening epoxy. And he gave me a great recommendation and fit on my hoof boots.
So, think about the barefoot thing and talk to your vet and farrier. Good luck healing his injury!!
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