"He puts his feet down heel first, which laminitics often do, but as there is no sign of laminitis it must just be the way he moves".
Well done to him, I suppose for spotting how the hoof landed, but surely it should be a toe first landing which is a red flag in a vetting (as with the horse I blogged about here) , not a heel first landing?!
He then went on to say to the prospective owner:
"He won't need shoeing unless he's going to do a lot of roadwork".
Now in some ways its amusing, but really this vet had no excuse - he is in an area where he will have come into contact with a number of excellent UKNHCP practitioners, including at least one farrier; the horse was on a yard where all the horses are barefoot and working hard; the vet's own practice has at least one client who has evented barefoot horses for several years.
Fortunately there is a fairly concerted education campaign going on up there, but you can only educate people who are willing to learn...