Would love some broader and knowledgeable feedback, please!
My darling arabian mare is currently barefoot. She has had a quarter crack on her right fore for as long as I've had her. My previous trimmer/farrier suggested we just maintain it, and he would trim it every 5 weeks, 'digging' it out a little so that the edges dont touch the ground when she stands to take some pressure off the crack, helping it to stay closed. I hope that makes sense :)
The crack never got worse, but never got better. It seems to stem from an injury on the coronet band, so it grows out from top to bottom.
In a desperate attempt to finally see if I can get rid of it permanently, I asked my new farrier if I should shoe my mare, but he suggested we rather move her trimming schedule up to every 2-3 weeks, and then he put two metal staples in the foot to keep the edges from coming apart.
Here are the pictures of 3 weeks ago when they were first put in (I dont have any before pictures, sorry, and these are fuzzy, super sorry)
And here is today.
What are your opinions on this? Could it work? Is it a viable option? My farrier isnt sure, because of the crack originating from the coronet band, but thinks we could give it a try.