Mudpie has had a history of bad feet. For three months before he was mine, as a four year old, he worked as a "dude" horse (Which was a terrible idea – if he hadn't have been being starved, he would have done much worse than just turn around and walk back home!! xD) at a pack station where he was seriously neglected and abused. He was ridden by very large people in a poorly fitting saddle for that time on very rough and rocky trails... barefoot. He's an Appendix and has bad Thoroughbred feet to begin with, so it was absolutely terrible. Also, they never picked out any of their horses feet. He was lame for most of his time there. The bad nutrition + bad hoof care resulted in some hoof problems.
From there, he went out to pasture at my mother's house. I kept having issues getting him the food that he needed, so his nutrition wasn't very good, but he also wasn't being outright starved, he just wasn't gaining any and having a bit of an issue maintaining it. During this time, he kept going overdue for the farrier. His shoes would fall off in the pasture and then he'd go dead lame, every time. This was another issue with my mother, as I couldn't get her to call the farrier on time. I could remind her daily for two weeks (standard practice for me) and she would still wait to call until after he was lame again. It would take a few days until he was sound again. He wore leather rim pads on the fronts.
After his injury (he fractured a splint bone and did some other things in November), he went to Penny's and has been there since. He's been getting excellent nutrition and regular hoof care, and no longer needs the leather rim pads. :) Which is great!
The thing I'm a bit worried about is the way his hoof looks right now. He'll be getting new shoes in a couple weeks, I think, but I don't know if I like the way they're wearing? I don't know a lot about hooves, and I'm by no means an expert, but they just really don't look right to me! (He's been being shod by the same farrier for the past 6 months) Can someone maybe help me out with this? Am I imagining things? Is something going on that I should know about? Sorry for the novel of writing, but I wanted to give you his hooves' history and let you know what was going on. Here are two pictures I took today. If you need more, or different angles, just let me know!
Thank you in advance!! :)
EDIT; by the way, in these pics the hooves had just had oil on them because I was gave him a bath, and so they're dustyish.