Thanks loosie! I agree 100% that his walls look they have been taken down too much!! Now the question is, should I have this farrier trim Rodeo again when he is due, or should I try to get another highly recommended farrier to come out? As far as boots go, should I really invest in them? I was always under the impression that he shouldnt be sore after a trim, but he has been the past two(which the one, I dont fault him for)....if I should, what do you suggest?
You may have misunderstood what I said about short walls, but to be more particular, IMO if the walls were rasped at ground surface into the sole plane, this was too short - & rasping into sole is more to the point. If the horse works on hard, rough surfaces, such as rocky trails & roads, he wants walls that are close to level with the outer rim of the sole, but if the horse is in a softer &/or wetter environment, then it may be appropriate to leave walls longer, as they will provide more grip & the feet will sink in, so there's not such a worry about peripheral loading or undue mechanical forces on the long walls.
Should you have another farrier - that's the burning question, one that I can't answer. It appears this one *may* have trimmed the feet in the same manner as you would for shoeing - that is, flat on the ground surface. It appears your horse would benefit from the quarters being 'scooped' - trimmed shorter at the ground surface to be a uniform height above the sole plane as the rest of the foot - and the outer walls could maybe be 'rolled' more. If this farrier's only done one trim & the previous one had made the horse sore anyway, I don't think it's reasonable to hold the new farrier responsible necessarily because the horse is still tender.
Should you invest in boots? If the horse cannot comfortably travel bare where you want him to, then IMO he's in need of protection. Whether it's due to farrier error, lack of conditioning for certain surfaces, laminitis, whatever, if your horse is tender on his feet, don't force him to go bare. As for sore after a trim, yes, as a general rule, I agree. Horses should not be tender after a trim, BUT for eg. sub clinical laminitis may initially show up as tenderness after a trim, farriers can also make honest mistakes, or it could be coincidence or something unrelated that caused tenderness. Whatever the cause, while in the ideal world it wouldn't happen, we're in the real world, so I think it's a good move to keep some boots on hand to be used if/when necessary. As a rule, most horses tend to cope well without back ones, so if you're getting some, I'd get fronts & play it by ear as to the need of backs.
The best boots are the ones that fit your horse best, basically. Easycare have a wide range & lots of info on fitting & other considerations on their site. Haven't personally tried their new trail boots, but they've had rave reviews, including from a few of my clients that use them & they're meant to be so easy, even a farrier can put them on!
many other horses I know are a bit ouchy on hard or gravely ground for a day or two after trimming, but only when they're barefoot. Doesn't seem to bother them in shoes.
They can feel their feet a lot better bare, whereas some of the sensation appears to be masked with shoes.
Unless you're riding him hard daily and/or he has soft feet, which he doesn't, you should be able to keep him barefoot with the right farrier.
Don't think it's as easy as that all the time. Yes, if you're doing too many hard miles, horse's feet can wear down too much(extra long endurance rides, for eg), especially if it's infrequent, but riding daily or frequently, the healthy hoof can adapt & tends to put out as much hoof as is needed. However, while I'm all for shoeless generally, I think it depends on WAY more than just a good farrier for a horse to be fine on everything required of him without protection. I would hazard a guess that most domestic horses, given their diet, lifestyle, environment, etc, would need hoof protection at least some of the time for work.
**PS... & yes, I do agree he looks like he has good feet overall.