I'm new to here. Was searching for the help of a community of horse people and this is what I came upon. My name is Megan. :) So here it is, I adopted a 10 y/o OTTB, she came from NC to NJ 3 days ago. She had been in NJ 2 years ago and was brought down to NC to foster. She had good hooves when she left NJ, and came back with the saddest looking feet I have ever seen. They say they shod her about a week ago (only front) but it scares me they even put nails through her feet. They are cracked, and pancaked and just look awful in every way. She is not lame, does not seem sore. Farrier is coming out tomorrow to assess. I have two not so fabulous pictures of her front that I will try to include (computer is being uncooperative) but I just wanted to get opinions on what I can do to help her along. I'm in NJ, very dry and sandy, no grass in our area. When it rains, it's muddy and wet sand. She was in grass in NC and her feet just fell apart to nothing. There are cracks from top to bottom in the hinds.
ALSO.....Does anybody have any tips for working her towards barefootnedness. This is the first horse I have ever had that has needed shoes. My first TB, and I would love to someday get her feet to the point where shoes are not needed. Again, any help is appreciated.
Thank you all in advance for input!