I got my first horse Berdi last March. I had a hard time finding a farrier that would come out for just one horse, but I finally found someone that actually is almost 2 hrs away. He gets several clients in this area and does them all at the same time. Berdi's feet were in bad shape when I got her so it was good he was able to come out quickly and trim them up. She seemed pretty good all summer and was trimmed at 10-12 week intervals. He wasn't able to come out sooner than that and her hooves seemed fine as they are very tough.
Her last two trims though I have been noticing that she is really wearing down her toe while the rest of her hoof grows long. Here is a picture of her hooves before her last trim. They were very long, but her toe was worn right down.
My worry is that she is showing the signs of toe first landing. First I can see she's doing it, she stumbles fairly often at the walk (is much better at the trot and canter) and her toe is worn right down. The sole is touching the ground and she is ouchy on gravel.
My mom thinks I should learn to do her myself, but I don't know. I can do some rasping for sure, but I really don't know much about trimming. I could ask her previous owner to show me some stuff though, as he always trimmed the horses he owned.
I would like some advice on whether I should attempt to learn to do her feet myself, try to find another farrier (and him possibly do the same thing), or try to talk to my farrier and see if he can do her different? He is very good with her and patient - I just am worried about the balance of her feet. I have to be extra careful with her as she has been prone to navicular before.
The first two pictures are from before her trim and the others are those after her trim.