Yes, if your priority is for shoeing conventionally & riding the horse, without ensuring hooves are healthy first, at the amount/on terrain that causes you to feel hoof boots or other alternatives aren't worth it, then to a certain degree, you're stuck. Even the best shoeing job, if using steel peripheral rims, with be compromising the hooves further.Guess his feet are what they are for now. He can't be ridden barefoot hoof boots don't work. So I'm stuck with not great work.
That is probably the issue toe first landings and needing more frequent trims to keep feet in better shape. Think renegades boots would be best... but his heels need to be shorter.It is entirely possible that the boots don’t work because the trim is not correct. I have to do feet every 2 weeks to use the boots. A horse landing toe first will shove right through the boots.
I would be trimming/resetting 6 weekly at the absolute outside. Less for horses with 'issues', assuming i thought the horse needed shoes for some reason despite 'issues'. I would also remove shoes at any sign of soreness.
It's possible he did a 'rush job' because of the horses behaviour.Farrier doesn't carve the frogs or soles, also never trims down bars.
You can always order Eponas yourself. Yeah its poss that amount/terrain you ride, they will wear really quickly - although they shouldn't be wearing quicker than boots & as greentree said, there's likely something else going on if they 'fall apart' on you so quickly.I have tried to get him to do eponas he was willing to try it but never has them with him. Then he told me they won't last two weeks...with as much as I ride. Then the terrain is rough rocky.
Not sure I get that - so early winter and now he is/was better than he was in late winter? But he is still sore now.? Were you shoeing in late winter? Riding much?
As said, I'd not have shod those feet in the first place & would have pulled shoes at first sign of pain.really hard. So there is probably sole pressure from shoes? I'm tempted to pull shoes at least off hinds. I've asked farrier about doing pad with some kind of packing in hoof. He never gave me an answer. I don't know what to do if I should keep farrier or just do horse's myself.
If he *cant* relax, for the farrier or otherwise, then he sounds extremely anxious & agree that this should be addressed, & training, nutritional balance & pain/discomfort - or a combo of those factors likely cause.He's just to high energy always on the move.
Thank you for putting this all so plainly in one post, that I've picked the 'headlines' out of. I've kept seeing & saying bits about it in my responses, but didn't want to be 'harping' too much...If a horse won't stand for the farrier, I'd have him sedated so the farrier can do a good job and stay safe. ...If I were a farrier I wouldn't work on a horse like yours either.
I'd also be looking at hauling this horse somewhere for a complete physical and lameness exam. He won't eat. He looks sore in nearly every photo you post. He's got hoof problems. He's got behavioral issues likely tied to pain.
...But your horse is obviously suffering from something, and continuing to ride him and say 'he'll have to deal' isn't fair to him.