Originally Posted by Equus_girl
I talked to my farrier - he is coming out either Sunday or Monday. Berdi is still seeming fine on soft surfaces - no favoring the legs. I talked to the farrier about this and he agrees it is most likely the gravel. He said to keep her off gravel until she's trimmed up - which I'm doing already obviously! I'll update after her trim.
If her walls are overlong, that could well be the problem - leverage working against them on hard ground. Good reason for not allowing hooves to get into that shape(tho I know, we all live in the real world) If there is separation, gravel getting up there could exacerbate the problem. Or soft soles/frogs could be providing little protection against her actually walking on stones. This could well be due just to lack of 'conditioning' eg having lived in a soft pasture all winter without lots of exposure to hard, rough ground. Or it could be due to her feet being unhealthy, soles thin, etc. Whatever the reason, it is not likely to resolve itself instantly from just having a trim. If she has a prob on hard/rough ground, protect her feet with boots or such on those surfaces or stay off them until her feet can become strong.