The hot dry weather has been contributing to Jayne's sole filling up with rock-hard retained layers. Nothing soft or flaky. We had a week of rain and that shed out- suddenly his hoof walls were 1/4 "longer" overnight relative to the sole. I trimmed his feet yesterday, pictures from tonight, but I think his toes seem to be creeping forward on me and I am not sure how to be 'properly' aggressive to keep them where it should be. I am comfortable rasping back to the white line, but I am nervous about going too far, and him building up sole and frog has me somewhat stymied. You can also see the change in growth I mentioned before about 1/3 down- you can feel the ring, more so towards the heels than the toe, but it looks worse in the picture than life. His frogs are about a million times better than they were a few months ago, but still plenty of room to improve and we're back to hot and dry.
What do you think? Good? Bad? Just rasp it back to vertical where the white line meets the sole at the toe? I could map 10 and 2 and take the hoof wall between those points so the ground surface in those areas is the edge of the white line and front of the sole?
I think part of what is throwing me off is that his feet already look SO SHORT compared to the other horses at the barn, so I worry. Are they too short already?