These hooves belong to new boy Merlin who arrived here at the end of last week in his remedial shoes.
As you all know, bar shoes are intended to provide support to the palmar hoof.
Only problem is that very often the palmar hoof has other ideas - in Merlins' case it looks as if his shoe is heading in a different direction to his foot - to be fair he was due for a new set of shoes when these photos were taken.
Overall, though, he has nice strong feet and even straight out of shoes is stomping around over all surfaces - a good indication of basically healthy feet.
There is a clear imbalance here but that should be something that improves over the next few weeks.
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