Flynn from Nic Barker on Vimeo.
Breaking that vicious circle has been a slow process, but finally we are getting there :-)
Here he is shod with bar shoes the day he arrived. Bar shoes are often described as providing "support" to the caudal hoof, but compare the development in his hoof after only 8 weeks out of shoes and on conformable surfaces. The top photo shows a shut down hoof, whereas the lower photo shows structures which are getting stronger and stronger.
It seems to me that allowing the caudal hoof to function properly provides a much more fundamental - and effective - type of support for the limb than bar shoes.