Originally Posted by SunShineMeadows
Yes, it's lifted itself clear off the wall. The worst foot has it off the entire circumfrence basically and about halfway to the cornet band. That foot actually has a strip that went all the way up to the band and then tore off, causing some bleeding. Standing in snow, no different than any other year and hasn't worn boots of any kind in a long time. Diet has stayed the exact same through out the winter. That's part of the reason this is so perplexing.
Wow, that's certainly odd. The tearing off part is why I am inclined to cut off flappy pieces, but if it's as bad as it sounds, that might not be such a good idea. What are the ideas that the vet friend had? This is going to cause problems as the hoof grows out because the periople is actually part of the hoof growth itself.
How old is the horse? Any chance that age is affecting how (s)he is absorbing food? Is (s)he drinking enough? How is general hair quality? Often hoof and hair will do the same thing as they are closely related tissues. Any other symptoms at all? Any chance your horse got into some bad feed or toxic plants?