Toe dragging mare. Agh!
My mare is a chronic hind toe dragger, and as a result, and partly due to a ******ed barn owner that I am soon to be leaving, she had worn her hoof almost to the sensitive tissue. I tried to keep her mostly confined to keep the wear low as possible and I kept finding her out in the big herd in the big pasture.
I tried for weeks to work with the barn owner to get a farrier out, and every time I would think she had one coming, it never happened. I got numbers to call, but every time I was about to call, she had a farrier coming out that day. *Sigh*
Amber finally got done and the farrier said, as I already knew, her previous trim was really crappy. That was from the old owners farrier. He also said her hind legs needed to be stretched back and out because her hips were out of alignment. Then recommended, as I suspected, shoes for the toe dragging.
I'm very much against shoes unless the horse absolutely needs them (and I don't think she is at this point yet). There are just so many negatives. And Amber was also a chronic tripper with shoes, and I refuse to ride a horse that trips that much because it's just outright dangerous.
I have got to find a way around this, because she may as well be a pasture puff if she gets shoes on. The farrier recommends shoes, but obviously there is so much more to be done here before we can say with absolute certainty that nothing else will fix it. Obviously the stretching of the hind legs, and maybe just wait and see if the balanced trim makes a difference.