Tattenger is a 12 yo Arabian gelding that has been shod in the fronts for most of his life. He was a stallion till recently but is a very well behaved boy with lots of personality. His owner is at a barn where I tend to two other clients horses and approached me about him going barefoot but was concerned because of his RF "club" foot. After evaluating him, I figured out a course of action and was relatively confident that I could help him. The shoes he had on were a bit small and were pulling his feet forward lengthening his breakover. His heels were high on the RF, very forward on the LF. He was contracted, underslung, had some pretty good thrush on both fronts and underdeveloped frogs and digital cushions. I was actually amazed that he was not lame.
I pulled his shoes on August 8th 2013 and we started down the road of recovery. He actually did pretty good without having the shoes onI told the client that this would not be a quick change and would take some time but he has responded very well to the trims and as of 12.13.13 his angles have straightened out, the dish in his toe has grown out, his breakover has come back which has increased his stride and that has helped tremendously with his angles. He is still a bit contracted but is no longer underslung in either of his fronts.
His rears, which I do not have pictures for, were very long in the toe and had very thick bar material when we started. The owner was again concerned about the heels and bars on his rears. That bar material has since grown out to create healthy bars where they should be in the rears and his toe length has been reduced.