That makes sense the farrier did mention in the right front that in the toe area he had blown the white line if I remember his terminology correctly. What does that mean.
Nothing off the palmer (ground) surface, and a dub, or even a rocker back to the white line of the foot. (Assuming the vet feels the rocker won't weaken the toe area and cause more issues)
This has definitely been a concern as at this point I couldn't even deduce if he blows an abscess in the sole area.
While a pad would be great for protection, if anything goes wrong, you'll never know about it until too late.
I promise if that is the route we take I would have him swimming in shavings practically!
My cautious read, would be to keep the horse barefoot, stalled, and in heavy shavings, (no cheaping out, knee-deep!) and 3~4 week intervals on trims until x-rays show some sole depth, and the vet agrees that the sole can actually be (carefully) trimmed.
If that what ends up being done thankfully the finances would permit ;)
Then, if finances permitted, I'd probably prefer to shoe with some of the Equithane pour in pad material. Super-soft in the front 2/3, regular-soft in the back 1/3.
I've heard about this and have been quite interested about it too.
One of the local vets is still a fan of the Robber Shoeing (shoes put on backwards) for these sorts of problems, and I have to say it does work well. If shoes were put on now, I'd probably go that direction, with the pour in pad material in the back 2/3 of the foot.