In the other thread you posted this:
BugZapper- shoes are a bandaid which contribute to the issue. If he needs them, I will use them, but they cause heel contraction, poor heel bulb quality, and ruin the digital cushion of the foot.
well, those statements are is compeletely, utterly wrong. the right KIND of THERAPEUTIC shoeing
1) reduce / correct any abnormal the forces that caused the bone spurs in the first place, and thereby ease the pain (NOT covering up anything but rather CORRECTING the causes)
Consider my own painful bone spur in my heel.... by wearing the right kind of shoes the pain is gone, not numbed, but gone because the MECHANICS that cause pulling on the tendon attached to the spur is gone. ,Its the SAME thing in a horses navicular bone sours. There is a ligament attached to those spurs, and every time that gets pulled on as the horse moves forward or makes a turn, it pulls on the ligament attachment to those spurs. Special shoes can help the foot move around in the ground easier as the horses leg moves reducing that pull. It is not a bandaid of any sort, it is a TREATMENT. ,
2) The right KIND of shoeing can ENHANCE the function of the entire back of the foot, create more health in the frog and digital cushion and even widen the heels.
Many times I have gotten new, shod clients with contracted heels and puny frogs who had the wrong KIND if shoeing. I simply changed to a different shoeing and in six months to a year had a really healthy foot. IN SHOES the whole time.
3) The right kind of shoes can assist the horse in his movement while reducing the stresses in all the structures around the navicular bone and coffin joint, thereby assisting HEALING .
And by all this I do not mean plain flat shoes, or bar shoes or other "traditional" navicular treatment shoeing .
You would need a farrier who is experienced in all the available options and alternative materials , NOT just someone who can forge fancy shoes.
The most usual GOOD shoeing treatments are a simple plastic Stewart Clog, or a combination of a full roller motion type shoe of some type with added frog support, or even a full adjustable EDSS system for a while until the inflamed tissues around the bone settle down .
For success, frog support should be customized to the individual horse, dependant on where the frog can take a load without discomfort and where it can.
The TRIM MUST be done right as well in preparation for the shoes.traditional hoof balancing/trimming methods for traditional shoeing do not work.
So anyway ,There are far better TREATMENT shoeing options available that are not even close to the old ways of doing it. The people with barefoot websites that condemn ALL shoeing across the board do not have a clue about what constitutes really GOOD therapeutic shoeing . They have only seen incorrect shoeing. And sadly in some parts of the country, those are the only farriers availalble.
I coined saying about treating lameness a long time ago and have included it in all my lectures about barefoot trimming. "Barefoot is better than bad shoeing, but GOOD shoeing is often better than barefoot".