I did something new today. I got BG's feet done by a barefoot trimmer, Micheal. BG's been barefoot since October, but our current farrier is a shoe guy, not a natural hoof care specialist. He does a "pasture trim", which is different than a legit barefoot trim.
BG's feet have always been pretty meh. They flare and crack. She looses shoes. Thrush every couple months. White line disease once, which resulted in a huge amount of hoof wall being taken off. Shoes go on and off constantly during the on season. Maybe it's time to try something new.
Micheal took off frickin lot of hoof. He said BG has high heels, long toes, and has been walking on her toe and hoof wall, which results in a soft, thin, chalky sole. (He also said she still has a touch of thrush.)
To trust him to hack at my horses foot, or not to trust him? Well, I trusted him, so let's see where that takes me. He did warn me she will be a touch sore at first. The transition to walking on her whole foot (sole included) versus just walking on the outside of her hoof isn't going to be perfectly pretty.
But her actual hoof is, ascetically, very pretty now. The mustang roll is nice looking.
He also taught me to do my own touch up trims. I feel powerful. I need to buy myself a nice rasp.