I'm not happy with how Jasper's feet are doing, the hoof wall is growing so much after 3 weeks that the feet are getting pretty bad flares. Unfortunately I didn't have time to get a picture today, but they look about like this. I'll attach some pictures that are 4 or so days after a trim.( sorry I don't have any pictures of his rear feet)
Sooo, getting to the point, I've been reading through anything I can find on bare foot trimming, and I really want to get a rasp and do touch ups between the 5 weeks that the farrier comes. I decided to ask the barn owner/trainer what her thoughts were on his feet. I don't own Jasper, but the owners are totally open to whatever I would like to do(they aren't very well informed about horses...), so I make sure to ask the barn owner what she thinks I should do. Well, the barn owner just keeps saying that "it's good" that his hooves are growing so much, and that it doesn't matter. She said you shouldn't trim a horses hooves too much... I'm kind of frustrated now. Jasper seems so much happier after he gets his hooves trimmed, he seems more perky and "bouncy", so that makes me think it is affecting him. Everything I've read said you shouldn't let the horses feet get this flared, what are you guys thoughts? Am I missing something?