An acquaintance of mine has a Clyde that's barefoot. She's moving her horse and asked me for some guidelines. I picked up a hoof and lordy! That's a mighty big flat foot! At 4 weeks everything is overgrown. He gets a stone bruise every few months.
So, I know one thing. Roll the edges. I don't know how flat the feet really are because I don't know if his sole has ever been exfoliated to live sole. Or should that be done at all. But his soles are "lumpy" or uneven spots. Why is this? It does not look like uniform growth. Maybe old abcesses?
She wants to find boots for him but can't. I don't think she knows how expensive they are.
For my own knowledge, how does one approach a big flat foot like that? Would one exfoliate the hoof to live sole just to get a baseline? I'm not sure that leaving all that sole for "protection" is doing him any favors.
From my own horse, she was stumbling over pebbles and stuff with sole left for protection. I did exfoliate to live sole and she developed hooves of iron overnight, nice concavity, and no stumbling. It was pretty dramatic.