Tbh I carnt remember the last time I picked my horses feet. It was probaly when the farrier visited last they all have healthy feet and are ridden often. Never had any problems Posted via Mobile Device
I pick every time I ride or groom. When you have shoes on your horse, you have a responsibility to check them often. Shoes hold dirt/clay which can then hold stones. I can't tell you how often I find big stones lodged in the dirt in the hoof.
Barefoot horses are much less likely to hold dirt/debris, but are still prone to hoof diseases that can be treated easier if caught early.
Ummm honestly before and after every ride which is usually 3-4 times a week and on muddy/rainy/snowy/icy conditions everyday. But I always look out for any signs of discomfort when they walk. Ice seems to be the biggest threat for my guys
I have never had a problem with them getting hurt -lame/thrush/etc. but I am lucky my horses have strong hooves, and only are near rocks when we are riding otherwise they are on dirt/sand or grass fields.
Every time I ride or groom - but this is because my horse has his shoes on right now.
I and usually don't pick after I ride unless I'm riding in mucky situations or on rocks or situations where hard/wet stuff could get stuck in his feet.
When he's barefoot for the winter, he doesn't RARELY get anything in his feet, so I get really lazy. I always AT LEAST check each foot, though.
We make our living on a horse out here.I carry a hoofpick on my saddle,and I pick up their feet several times a day.We all do.Takes maybe 60 seconds to pick all four.A stone bruise,glass,nail puncture and that horse can't be used til it's healed.A horse without four sound feet puts you on foot.And that doesn't do the job.Maybe keep a horse from getting thrush.
I check mine pretty much only when he seems off, or if I know he has been standing in water or mud and need them looked over. Sometimes I check them before I ride if I think about it. He has always had good, strong feet and I've never had a problem with them.