I have been reading, studying, asking questions, and learning all I can on an almost 24/7 basis for the last 5 months. I'm retired and have worked myself into a situation on a ranch where there are 23 horses, some active, some retired.
Hondo has been given over to my complete care and is slated to become mine at the point the ranch feels I will be a both competent and trustworthy horse owner.
The people at the ranch are very knowledgeable and have taught me sooo much! All their horses, however, have always been shod for the ranch's history which goes back over 100 years.
In my reading into horse podiatry I have determined I want to try to go barefoot with Hondo.
I pulled the last of his shoes near the end of August this year. He has hoof boots on all four for trail rides.
All of his trimming has been done by me. And that based on internet pictures, videos, and reading.
No one on the ranch has any knowledge or experience with barefoot horses other than the normal pasture trim, file'em flat and turn'em out.
I have taken pictures of Hondo's feet and posted on g+. I know pictures do not tell the whole story but I'm hoping to get feedback on anything that looks like I'm really doing wrong. His heels may be a little high but I read that is needed sometimes to correct underrun heels. Quarters may be long also.
Any feedback will be appreciated and do not hesitate to flat out tell me if I'm doing something wrong. The bonding has went deep in the last five months and I want to do what is right for Hondo. He gives me his best so I wish to give him my best.
PS: The LF, LF2, etc didn't make to g+ so I just numbered the pics. https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/1...10327127412785