Flossiemare - no, it's not a diet thing, purely the effect of the lami. His hinds are absolutely fine and so were his fronts originally. Hoof supplements helped quite a lot.
The shape change isn't that
pronounced, tbh; I don't want to make it sound worse than it is. I suspect the YO has been watching him walk in from the field - it's like a billiard table at the moment and the two fatties are in there for their waistlines & think their throats have been cut, so M dawdles past the long grass by the path on the way in in the hope that I'll let him stop.
But when we went for a ride on Saturday she had to admit there's b****r all wrong with him after his performance in the woods (& there are some quite stony tracks in there).
Jill - I don't think it's a farrier you know, but he trained with my previous farrier and he's shod M ever since I moved away from the farm. He shoes 3 other horses on the yard and the owners are perfectly happy. The YO has some very old-fashioned ideas about feet and shoeing, and although there's nothing wrong with that in itself, I don't always agree with her own foot care, and her mother, much as I love her to bits, is appalling - her old mare keeps her shoes on until either they fall off or have to be pulled off!