Thank you for the indepth reply Loosie. I know the photos aren't the greatest, I only had my cell phone with me at the time so I had to make due with what I had. I will try and take better pictures in the next couple days and post them. Like I said earlier, all the pictures I posted were taken the day after he got his hooves trimmed by the farrier. So, his feet are freshly done in those photos. His feet have never looked clubby before. He's always had nice, round even feet. Although he's always had feet on the smaller side. I really wish I could find a good picture of his feet before I leased him out, but his hooves were never an issue so therefore there was no reason to really take specific pictures of his feet before. I am really willing to learn, but the entire subject of hoof care is overwhelming, especially if you google it. Could you possibly point me to a beginner friendly article where I could start learning about what makes a good hoof? Thank you! Also, if you think it would help, I can take pictures of the angles of his shoulders as well.
Sorry I missed the bit that said it was the day he was shod. I find that regardless of problems, pictures never go astray, as they can give you a more objective idea about some things, including what changes have happened over time.
The thread link in my signature will give you some more good info & sources. barefoothorse.com has some basic principles without getting too overwhelming. barehoofcare.com has some good info also on when & why shoes or bare/booted may be the option of choice in certain situations.
Yeah, seeing the entire horse, shoulder angles etc can be helpful in determining athletic aptitude, as well as why hooves may be balanced in a certain way, but again, those 'angles' should provide feedback IMO, not be a measurement to trim to. These angles change, with changes in the hoof as well as posture too, so that also needs to be considered. Ie. pastern angle - it doesn't look too bad, perhaps a tad forward to me in the above pix, but for the last - because of the way he's standing, his near foot looks broken forward quite strongly. As he's got high, underslung heels, you will also find his shoulder angle will be different to what it is when he has well balanced, functioning heels. Other 'conformational' points, such as 'over at the knee' or 'camped under' may be directly related to posture & how the horse is trimmed too.