Given this set of facts.
Horses that are unridden, pasture puffs or broodies, have good hooves, no issues, definitely don't need shoes, no special care or treatment is needed.
I don't understand why that is a 'set of facts'? Is it a 'fact' for some specific horses you have in mind? It is actually much more common for unridden 'pasture puffs' and untended broodies to have bad feet, IME.
What would you think of the following options, the owner trimming alternate to farrier visits, so 6 weeks owner, 12 weeks farrier, then 18 weeks on owner again. ...Or the farrier trimming twice a year and the owner trimming in between.
IMO that sort of question is similar to asking 'how long's a piece of string'. Depends on owner, farrier, horse, environment, etc, etc, etc. But re timing, as a general rule, I find 6 weekly trimming not quite frequent enough for most.
* Just to be clear this is merely a discussion question, prompted by the comment I read recently that "a bad trim is better than no trim*
How long's a string?? For that to be true, you'd have to define a 'bad trim', as there are infinite varieties, IME
, of which some will indeed help the otherwise untended horse get by & others will do more harm than good. I'm all for owners learning the theory & practice of hoof care for themselves, but while I don't think it's rocket science, it's also not something to just be hacked at without knowledge. I think it's very true that a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing... as is wielding tools, especially on a live animal, without the knowledge of how to - and how not to - use them.
**Bear in mind that some people are struggling more than ever before with cash flow issues, and also that there are some people who live in remote areas, so it can be difficult to get farriers to attend regularly. **
That is absolutely no excuse for hack care or neglect. If they don't have the money to look after the animal properly, perhaps they should find someone that has. If they're in out of the way areas(or somewhere with more than the usual choice of average or worse farriers
), that is just one more good reason for them to educate themselves properly.