Its no secret my mare isn't using her hind end. I can feel that much in the saddle, so I have been working hard to get her using that hind end. Low cavaletti, ground poles and really focusing on driving her forward.
Today my trainer and I noticed she has significant wear on her toes in the back. This was less of an issue at the old barn she was from because they had sand - my current barn has a grass arena. It's not an issue of pain, lameness or injury. She was recently checked by the vet and he told us her legs were fine, no sign of injury or past injury, and nothing has happened since to cause it.
Now, her old farrier before I bought her left way too much toe. Generally, the trim just looks weird. My trainer agrees with me. She's getting a trim on Friday with a new farrier that my trainer recommended, so I'm hoping a more balanced trim will help her. The hoof angle is not matching up to the pastern angle at all right now.
While I'm hoping a better trim will help, if it doesn't, shoes may be the option we need to go towards. I'm trying to avoid that - I'm very pro-barefoot. The increased cost is not an issue to me, I will do whatever keeps her sound and healthy - I just feel if I can fix it without them, she will be better off in the long run.
Obviously what needs to be done in the long run is getting her picking up her feet and carrying herself properly, but immediately, if the trim doesn't improve things, I'm looking for something to relieve her toes of the dragging in the immediate future. I was thinking maybe bell boots, but they won't go down far enough to protect the toe. Then again, they may encourage her to pick up her feet anyway just by being there, but for how long is the question, before she gets used to them?
Anyone have any suggestions for me - long term or short term!