-Shoes: 3/4 inch wide steel, all hooves. Farrier wants to try 1 inch customs next shoeing to provide a little more support.
We haven't tried pads yet since my farrier doesn't like all the crud that can get stuck underneath them, but the vet says it is probably time to give them a try.
Farrier tries to leave as much sole as possible while keeping toe flare to a minimum, but I couldn't speak to how much the shoes get set back, etc. We shoe every 5 weeks.
-Left Abscess in January: came out outside edge of frog. Right abscess hasn't surfaced yet, but I would bet it comes out around the same spot from where there is a soft spot. Abscesses last spring, two from frogs, one in heel, one in bar region that the vet dug out, none from coronary band.
-Supplement: Glanzen 3. Been on it a little over a month (started after Left abscess happened). My farrier says he has seen more hoof growth than past shoeings.
-Diet: both vets say diet is not an issue when I have provided them with a detailed accounting of his diet.
-Progress in that we had 7 months soundness from June to January, no abscesses, no gimpy days with sore feet.
-Circulation: Well, out of the things I can control, I feel like I've covered diet, shoeing/trimming. Trying to do everything I can to help this issue and outside living is one of the few things I haven't tried yet.
It will be a happy day when I can say my horse no longer has chronic abscess issues. Thanks again to all for your feedback and support with this frustrating situation.