I thought I would make a thread on my mares feet as they have changed for better and worse over the past year of owning her. She has had a full set of shoes on since she was about 2 years old according to the previous owners. She also had either metal or thick rubber pads on her feet because of the terrain where she was living.
This first set of pictures are from about 6 months ago... she no longer wore the pads
Some of you may have seen my other threads about whether or not to go barefoot which is something I had been contemplating for quite some time as my mare was constantly pulling shoes and her heel was so contracted.
I had asked my farrier at the time his opinion and he really couldn't have cared either way. The last time my mare was about 2 weeks away from her next appointment, she pulled her left front as she usually does, only this time her entire toe came off with the shoe!
I had already made the decision to change farriers hoping to find one who cared to explain things to me and give me a real opinion/advice. We went ahead and pulled all remaining shoes and decided to see how things would go barefoot with the new farrier.
This is the nub of a foot that my mare was left with after losing her toe...
The last picture was from 3 1/2 weeks after he original trim, her heel already started growing like crazy because of that lack of toe so we trimmed it down once again to give her toe some relief and a chance to grow.
About a week later her heel has already grown quite a bit and we will be putting her shoes back on her front feet at her next appointment to prevent so much wear on the toe so it has a chance to grow out.
My new farrier was immediately concerned with white line because of how her toe had torn off but when she trimmed her she said there seemed to be nothing but healthy foot for now but it is something we will watch for.
The benefit, however, that we have had from my mare being barefoot is the heel that was very contracted has opened up quite a bit and her soles and frogs are just 100 times healthier. I will get more recent pictures today so you can all see how her feet are doing.
Feel free to comment on any thoughts or suggestions you may have! :)