I seem to have difficulty finding quality farriers in my area (southern ontario) and have gotten to a very frustrating point. Everyone seems to be so gung-ho about the long toe, low heel way and I do not like it - neither does my horse. I took some photos of his last reset job and have been told by a couple people it's not good. I have tried contacting my farrier again and he's now suddenly disappeared off the face of the earth. Last message I received from him was 12 days ago and he isn't answering his phone. My horse is going onto week 3 of a 5 week cycle so I'm getting nervous as well as predicting a change in farriers. Some background - I have an 8 year old TB x drafty pony who is a competition horse, ridden extensively 4-6x a week and does both dressage and jumpers, as well as heavy trail riding. Anytime he's been barefoot I deal with nasty quarter cracks and nearly crippled on gravel/stone so a year ago I bit the bullet and shod him on all 4's. I have never had a more comfortable horse who moves 10x better and we could intensify his training. I have gone through some pretty poor farriers during this time, before finding the current one who was success on pulling the toe back. My horse is now moving out better and landing heel first. But now I worry about that heel as it's on a more extreme angle. I haven't been able to discuss it further with my farrier because, as I said, he's suddenly vanished and I'm become so frustrated I am forced to continue my search. I am in the Hamilton/Binbrook area if anyone has some suggestions. Being my competition mount, I want/need him in shoes to keep a happy and sound horse. I have tried the barefoot way many times with no success and I honestly just want to stick with shoes. Here's some before pictures before current farrier And of his last reset. I apologize I don't have any shots but these! He's not wearing wedges - just snow pads with corks on the heel due to snowy/icy turnout and the amount of trails/road hacking we do. Day 1 Day 7 Day 14 I've been asked about the dark ring on his foot. My best bet is it is from when he colicked in September. Please, all opinions are welcome about his feet angles and I would love suggestions for a farrier!