My gelding was previously shod on front feet in past by previous owner but I liked the idea of keeping him barefoot if possible. It has probably been about 4-5 months so far that he has been getting trimmed and I really like the lady. It is mid summer here now and has been pretty dry with the occasional bout of rain so conditions have been swinging from dry and hard to wet and muddy. His feet don't look the best right now, they are chipping and breaking off quite badly between trims - some sections of hoof have broken off right back to the white line. The farrier was saying that she is having similar problems with sudden growth from rain then chipping/breaking once things dry out with her other clients. I understand that some chipping is inevitable and not neccessary an issue with barefoot horses but I wonder if I should switch farriers and get him shod at least on the front? In saying that his feet probably arent shoe-able right now though.
I was told about a product called keratex hoof hardener by a neighbour who recommended it but my shop wont have any in until next week. I guess I can't do much until new hoof grows in but wondered if there is anything to help this and prevent further breakage? Even though he is not lame I wont be riding him until the farrier comes again as it doesnt seem fair on him.
Any suggestions would be great!