This might be a really stupid question, but I'm bouncing it around in my head anyways...
So you know I was thinking about getting Soda boots instead of shoes, but decided to try the bell boots instead to keep him from ripping off his shoes.
Well, I didn't trim him from November until a couple weeks ago. I know bad owner. lol But his feet didn't look bad and neither of them tend to grow much in the winter. I didn't want to make my farrier brave the weather either and then we had that EHV-1 scare so the farrier wasn't "welcome." So it was really a culmination of things that led to the long timeframe with no farrier.
The thing is... They were both basically fine. Soda flared a bit on his outside hinds, which is normal for him with the way he places his feet. They had length, but the riding this spring was wearing their hooves down nicely, but not quickly enough to make them sore. The extra length seemed to actually help Soda as he was barely, if at all tender on the gravel road. Tbh it was like he had shoes on.
The farrier came out and trimmed them both to the normal length that you would trim a horse. Soda was dead ass lame, even in the paddock as soon as it dried up. Now he's fine again because they've grown out in the last 3 weeks.
Basically my question is about the hind hoof flaring. How bad is it just to leave it be? Like if my regular riding keeps their hooves naturally trimmed to a point where they look good, aren't way long, cracked, or chipped and the only thing that doesn't look so good is the hind hoof flaring on Soda and they are both comfortable and happy to ride. Do I even need to trim their hooves during the riding months?
This is a really odd question for me to even consider, so sorry for the book. I'm kinda thinking as I'm typing.