Originally Posted by loosie
^^Bowker maybe? I know he advocates leaving it there. Many horses over here(including mine) live in places with dams or streams as their water source & I've never found a problem with it. I don't tend to pick my horse's hooves out unless I'm about to trim them, or booting for a ride I usually do. I do think it depends on the environment, state of hooves, environmental bugs, etc as to whether/how much you can afford to ignore it - eg. If the horse was in a gluppety stable yard, manure, etc, I would be picking them daily & restricting this environment if/as much as poss.
Lots of good advice; this ^^^^ sums it all up nicely
Except for my recovering foundered horse, my other three might get their hooves picked once or twice between 4-week trims
Their hooves and frogs are as healthy as they can be. Proper diet and a correct trim for each horse is instrumental.
My horses are on 22 acres of pasture and come in to dry stalls every night.
My horses' hooves stay healthy in spite of me, not because of me. Except for the recovering foundered horse. I look at his hooves every day and file them, as needed, in-between the formal-4-week visits