Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
He's neatened the overgrown frog, but hasn't taken it down excessively far, nor has he overpared the sole, in my opinion. This is a badly-neglected hoof that he's done a decent job on, from what I can see. When a foot gets bad, sometimes you have to pare down a bit to see what you're working with. My farrier doesn't do much to the sole and frog most times, but once or twice a year she'll neaten both up a bit and make sure everything looks good. You could ask for some other before/after photos showing the hooves from the side and front, too, if you wish. Does he have a good reputation? Ones that do seem to have it for a reason-- if they show up on time, do a good job, and charge fairly, they're in demand.
I've seen a lot more aggressive paring of the sole/frog from reputable shoers, so if this one is highly regarded, I'd give him a shot.