I got Red at the end of May. He's a large Quarter Horse with smaller-sized feet, so I know I'll always have to keep an eye on him with the risk of navicular.
His feet are "okay". I do notice that his front hooves tend to wear off on the outside first (he must walk more on the outside of his hooves) and that they will crack/chip off. His back hooves are usually okay.
I am taking him to the farrier tonight, even though there's really not much to trim because most of them have chipped off. I will be asking him about shoes on the front feet and his opinion.
Also, he is a little bit tenderfoot when it comes to walking on gravel or rocky trails. I have a lot of riding area so I just avoid those areas in general, but still have to ride there sometimes. AGain, this is why I think shoes on the front feet may help him.
Has anyone had success with any hoof supplements to help chipping hooves?
I looked into Silver Lining Herbs and that is SO expensive.
I also looked at Formula 707 which I can actually manage their prices, possibly.
Right now, nutrition-wise, he is on pasture 24/7. He gets a small can (the small tomato sauce cans) of Purine Molene 200, mostly just as flavor for 1 scoop of Equine Saver. He also gets to munch on hay for a few minutes a day, mostly as a treat. I just recently added a few handfuls of pure alfalfa hay as a treat for after a ride, and extra protein.
I don't have an actual picture of just his chipping hooves, but this is Red.
Taken last week
Taken around June