I bought my new horse and didnít notice an crack in her hoof and now we are paying for her. First farrier we had out, only second time we used him, told us that the cracked looked fine, so he went ahead and shoed her. We would be riding through lots of gravel and creeks and she is very tender footed. I didnít like that farrier answer, so I turned online to two farriers, I really trust, but they are over n hour and half drive, and we only have two horses. They both told me to pull her shoe and keep her in an boot, while applying dressing. Since, Iím under the standing Iím still able to ride her, I had an couple questions. I know this would better be answer by the farrier, but I rarely can catch the rare times they are online. My father also thinks we could just let the crack heal with her being shoed.
First, What are an easyboot, that can withstand, high creeks with an current, and deep mud, without coming off, plus I canít afford a lot being an broke college student. My dad normally provides everything for my horse, but I donít see him willing to buy boots for her. Boot needs on the bad foot at all times, and would need to withstand about 8 miles of riding a week.
Secondly, Do I need to pull both front, and get two boots, or can I get away with pulling only the bad one and keeping an boot on it. The boot must already be on the horse at all times. I could easily afford one for the bad foot, but getting the other one to make her ridable could be a challenge.
Third, This crack runs kind of by the heel and then towards her toes, but is only bout 1 inch long. Iím going to take the farrier advice, but until I can get an why to pull the shoes, do any of you have an idea? I had had cracks at the toes and the same farrier, told me to kept shoes on horse. Thanks.
Thanks for your help guys, Iím really new to these boot things.