Time for a quick update on Chester, who arrived 2 weeks ago with lots going on in his feet. This is his "better" foot...
...with the comparison of the same foot 2 weeks later below. As usual, no trimming was required or carried out; he has lowered his heels and hoof wall for himself and as you can see his frog and heels are also de-contracting and becoming stronger.
This is the lateral shot of the same foot.
Again, without trimming he has already shortened his toe and brought his heels back.
I know a lot of trimmers and farriers would love to get in there with a hoof knife and make it all look prettier but in fact Chester is more than capable of dealing with his own feet. As is often the case, trimming bar and heel would be dealing with the symptom without addressing the cause.
Far more effective, in my opinion, to allow his feet to develop, strengthen and load properly and then - guess what - by addressing the cause the symptoms disappear as well.
This is his RF on day one.
Chester's landing is also beginning to improve - video to follow...