Bottom line? Only you love your horse as much as you do. Since he can't fend for himself, then you must advocate for him. You must know what you are talking about in order to have a productive conversation with the farrier. I recommend "Making Hoof Care Work for You" by Pete Ramey. Its an excellent primer and easy read to understanding the hoof.
You get one set of answers by watching the horse move, you get another by knowing the run of bone, reading xrays and the ultimate answer when you pick up the hoof. I can pick up a hoof and wear it...feel what its like to wear in motion. I can see where the pain is and how he avoids it and what its done to the hoof, so I don't necessarily need to see the movement, but it helps.
I enlisted a farrier for 20 years and posted pics online feeling pretty proud of the feet because they had just been trimmed. Boy! Was I wrong! The report put me in tears, fired my farrier the next day and have been doing myself ever since. All are fully transitioned to the barefoot trim now and can walk across quarry stone without batting an eyelash. It all started with Pete Ramey's book. I'm weeding through his latest book now (Care and rehabilitation of the Equine Foot)....not an easy read!
So load your gun with knowledge and fire off some pertinent questions that will not allow for being brushed off. You have every right to get your questions answered, with this book, you will get them and be able to advocate for your horse. Let nobody put asunder!
Last edited by missyclare; 01-08-2012 at 04:15 AM.