Dr. Kellon indicated that my 17 year old quarter horse had underrun heels and that might be a contributor to her recent lameness. Someone else on the thread indicated I should post a request to Lavinia specifically. So, here it is. (If others have comments on how to ensure my horse's hooves remain in the best condition possible, I am here to listen.)
My farrier trims my horse every six weeks, but her hooves grow really quickly; I try to rasp her some about every two weeks. My farrier visited on Oct 22 and my uploaded hoof pictures were taken on Nov 2. At this point, I had not done any hoof maintenance.
I normally rasp the toe and front quarters back so they are only a little longer than the sole and not flared. (I heard one person on the ECIR thread discuss trimming in to the white line. I have not done this, and I do not believe that my trimmer does this either. Is there a video or site that explains this well?)
I do a little bit with the heels, but I am not as comfortable with heel work. I know that the heels are somewhat flared, but I am not exactly sure the best way to address this. I am guessing this is linked somewhat with the underrun heels. Is there a video or site that explains how to address this?
Based on the trim in the photos, do I need to identify a new trimmer to work with my horse? (Sadly, I am somewhat limited because I only have one horse. Even the trimmer that I use has me trailer in to another barn.) Or, are there specific recommendations that I need to make to my trimmer?
When I do maintenance work, is there anything specific that I need to focus on? What areas would you regularly maintain, and how would you know you had done enough?
Thanks so much for any guidance!