I would not
use bar shoes generally, esp on him at the moment. I would NEVER use 'turned in heel' shoes - they will only keep the pressure on the crushed heels AND bruise the frog, without providing it any support. Not sure if you said, or I asked, WHY did the farrier do wedges anyway? As mentioned, I would not shoe this horse at all, until his feet can be gotten healthy. But if you must, I'd be using flexible shoes with good support under the foot, such as Easyshoes.
I'd imagine he's sore in those 'dropped' caudal feet. I would not be squeezing him with pliers, they're just not appropriate. even if they're massive & do fit.
He was barefoot until about a year and a half ago maybe. Barefoot was a constant struggle, I ride a lot and It is all Rocky ground, gravelly roads, hard ground, no grass. He was frequently sore and bruised just running around on his heel bulbs.
So he's been shod constantly since he was 3.5yo? He already had crushed, run forward heels then(running around on heel bulbs)? Horses don't *begin* to develop much caudal hoof strength until they're around 4yo, even in ideal situations
. So it's no surprise he was sore & bruised from being worked on rough ground barefoot, especially if he had unhealthy feet too. How is/was he bare in the paddock?
Hoof boots are generally a great option for protecting feets when necessary. I see you did try & had heaps of issues though. Generally, rubbing & falling off are related to fit, and it would indeed be difficult to fit such crushed heels well. You don't generally need 'socks' with most boots, and more often than not don't need pads. You CAN use boots in arenas and you can jump in hoof boots too, but x-country type stuff they can be too slippery/unstable for. I wouldn't be doing any jumping on an immature horse though. I would personally choose to put my riding ambitions on hold while his feet were fixed, if you couldn't otherwise ride him without shoes.
His unshod hoof is quite flat, I didn't often pick his feet because there was nothing to pick out. No concavity.
I missed the bit that one hoof is unshod. Why is that? If he has quite flat soles, they will be very thin, so provide little protection for internal structures. Therefore I'd absolutely protect the underside of his foot/feet, rather than just peripheral rims. If he's always had 'crap feet' since he was a baby, I'd say it's a fair bet there are nutritional deficiencies too.
Farriers response to my text today was a shrug emoji (I guess he's sick of me) and saying wait a few more days and if he's still lame, he'd come out Monday.
Hmmm, regardless how 'sick' he may be of you, regardless whether you've been... 'tricky', if he shod the horse & the horse has been lame since, then I'd be very unhappy with that response!
Loosie- Thank You~ That was a lot of information and I am still studying your diagrams, and thinking...
Basically I have no idea what to do now, I doubt he'd be sound in no shoes but now I'm panicking a little bit that he might develop navicular... so something has to change!
No worries! And as I told another poster (on the 'horse losing shoes' thread you might want to look at too), I appreciate it's overwhelming & difficult, etc. Your horse is only 5yo & while the sooner you start fixing the better, it's not likely to do much further damage in the short term, if you take weeks to work everything out.