My big filly has very good feet. Lovely and hard, very sound, no cracking and very little chipping. [she has been living in paddocks with rocks in, so a bit of chipping doesn't surprise me... she's stabled now though due to a friend's horse being on box rest, he needs company]
Now, I've been trimming her for the past 8 1/2 months that I've owned her, and she did come to me with very nice feet. Her previous owner was a professional farrier and very well respected, if a little rough with the horses.
I just want to make sure that I'm still trimming her reasonably well. She does have slightly flat feet but I don't know how much of that is because a lot of dead sole has been held in due to me being unable, for a long time, to trim back her bars [she is difficult about her feet at times and used to be impossible]. Even now it's difficult. My hoof knives are very sharp but her feet are SO hard that it takes all my strength.
I only took photos of her nearside fore, I've just been trimming the foot to the foot since I've had her but for a few months I had to let her hind hooves go completely because of pain issues so now I'm working to bring the toes back on her hinds [fronts are good, I think], they've run forward a little bit. But the fronts are pretty good. A little small, but good feet overall.
To the more experienced trimmers out there, is there anything else I could/should be doing for her fronts? I'll get some photos of one of her hinds [they are the same as each other] and get thoughts on that soon, but I don't like to do anything really drastic... I'm not very confident, because I'm not very experienced.
These photos aren't straight after a trim [hence they're a bit grotty, but the foot was picked out], but it's only a day or two since I last took a few mm off. Oh yeah and don't mind the over-reach mark, I think I need to bring back her breakover??
[photos in next post]