Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
Well, I haven't read every post and I am not an expert...so forgive me if I repeat what has already been said. His feet look pretty good to me...except for how oval they are and the separation. I am guessing the two are related and can easily be addressed over time with well done barefoot trims. I think abrasive ground is the best for hooves, personally. They toughen up and stay well shaped (given that they have well thought out trims). His foot will probably get wider in time w/o shoes - and less "oval".
It is hard to say if they are too long. I personally think that what is too long for one horse may be too short for another. I purposely leave my horses soles alone, and let their hoof wall stay just a tiny "long" for potection (they are on hot tough ground). Chipping happens, but generally not so much after they have toughened and are beveled. My horses have been barefoot for years (I use boots), and have never had any issues.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.