My farrier keeps telling me I NEED to put something on her hooves to soften them before he trims and shoes her. It kills him and takes him longer because how hard my mare's feet are. The issue is they get so dry the start to chip too. Sadly we can't buy the non liquid hoof conditioner...
Rialto, like you am in an environment where it's more usually the opposite problem. But I do also see a lot of rock hard feet during summer. I think quality of tools makes a huge difference & rarely think 'I wish they'd soaked...'. But I do remember the first few summers when I was new to trimming & lived in a drier environment, I used to make time to trim after any rain!