Originally Posted by AdrienneS
Thanks!! I was worried about him being sore for so long... The other farrier(s) that I called said that a pad and shoe could work. What you think?
I am generally pro-barefoot, however, in this case I think you should do the shoes with the pads. That would be a quick fix so you could ride her. (Also something like Easyboots would work if you wanted to stay barefoot).
If you shod her you could go ahead and enjoy her until her hooves grow out, then try barefoot with a longer hoof (no trim at that point). Just basically pull the shoes at the end of the shoeing cycle at 8 weeks or whatever, and then try barefoot with a longer hoof. But in the meantime a shoe with pads should give her immediate relief.
I say "should" because I have a friend whose horse was trimmed too short and shod and she was still sore even with shoes. But I think the farrier actually drew blood on one foot.
So even though I am pro-barefoot for the long term, in the short term the shoes should help to undo the mess the first farrier made and allow the horse to be in comfort and usable while her feet can recover from the too-short trim.