Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979
That ragged sole should have been removed. It's the perfect place for bacteria and fungus to thrive.
Also, the bars look laid over. That means they're overgrown and should have been trimmed.
I'm all for leaving frog, sole, and bars alone, but they do need to be touched up when they're not "healthy."
actually, this is not always needed. It really depends on the horse's situation. From what I have learned about natural balance research, it has been discovered that the way the hoof and frog naturally grow, it is designed to have dirt pack in under the frog....the ideal for support, padding, protection
But...paddocks where poop rather than dirt are packing into the hoof are a different story. If it is working for Vida's horses, I think it is great. :)
Here is a neat site: Natural Balance Hoof Care on Television