Originally Posted by megansthehorse
my uncle is a farrier and he has been for over 30 years now
I don't mean any disrespect :roll: - without knowing the situation personally, I certainly don't want to sound judgemental & there may well be other things going on too, but.... If your uncle has been regularly trimming this horse before her lameness, it is entirely possible - and unfortunately not so uncommon as you would like to think - that he has caused the problem due to his trimming technique. I would expect a good farrier to have picked up on the crestiness(obesity) and hoof problems and warned you before it got to the lameness stage. There are legitimate reasons he may not have tho.
Many years of experience don't necessarily = good. There has been a lot of new information on the workings of hooves over the last years and if he doesn't keep up with the studies, he may have outdated knowledge. This also applies to vets, who may be up with the latest, but prefer to stick to what they're already experienced with.
Again, I'm not trying to say your farrier or vet are bad or outdated or whatever, but I suggest you learn about the theory yourself, so you don't have to just take their word for it. As a hoofcare practitioner I've seen too many horses go downhill despite regular care from 'experienced' vets & farriers. www.hoofrehab.com
is a great place to start. Best wishes... & I hope you find that your farrier & vet do indeed know what they're on about!