Okay so I'm new to horses, so tell me if I'm being an idiot.
Its summer here and our pony's hooves are like rock hard. The soles are literally like stone and the hoof wall is hard and dry.
I have the barefoot trimmer coming on Saturday to do a badly needed trim (I'm a bad horsey mumma, her feet look terrible ) and I'm wondering if I need to do anything to soften her hooves first. Just to make trimming easier, so temporary softening not long lasting.
She is not a fan of having her feet done (but hugely improved from where we started), so anything to make like easier and speed the trim up will help.
But maybe I should just leave them alone? Ideas?