Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: In Sunny, HOT and HUMID S.C.
I've seen a new horse that we had the shoes removed from (we never kept shod horses) take about a year before we got the feet completely right. It had been in shoes forever and so when you take into account that suddenly the feet were able to expand on impact and the extra blood flow the poor thing had it rough for awhile. And then there was the contracted heels, two cracks from nail holes, etc....
Turned out nicely though. Was a great horse, just took awhile to get the feet right. Normally doesn't take that long. Especially if they've spent a lot of time unshod already.
My first QH had feet like rocks, but that was probably from walking and much later riding on so much pavement from the time she was 7 months.