...and in with the, uh, non-clips?
Lucy got her feet done today and for the first time since I've owned her, she is wearing shoes without quarter clips.
As my farrier explained it to me, clips are good to keep the shoe straight on the horses foot, but they are bad if the horse has genetically crappy feet, like Lucy, because they cause the walls of the hooves a lot of trauma and the walls tend to break down around the clips.
It's taken six months, but Lucy's feet have recovered enough from her accident in November that the farrier had sufficient hoof wall to nail to without having to rely on clips to keep the shoe secure.
So I hope in the long run, her hoof walls will remain more stable and not fall apart so badly!
Here's a cute photo of her nuzzling the farrier - he is so patient and calm with her and I know she adores him.