Pretty sure they wouldn't yield to my thumb, but not sure. I poke them a lot, I think I would've noticed if they did, but then, was not looking for that. No hoof testers handy.
It's a little devastating to hear. He grew up in a herd on hundreds of acres on varied mountain terrain (always been barefoot, and was in that terrain for 5ish years), and had the toughest feet you could see when he first arrived. (or so every single person that saw him said, I'm new to the horse world, so don't really know). But it's been a year and half or so now. And we essentially live in a bog, so things are usually wet and soft.
I'll make sure not to ride on the trails for now (with the winter season coming, I would've anyways). That's pretty much the roughest ground he's on. The pathways between the barn and arenas are of the same gravel, but they're not long... Will proper trimming help thicken those soles? Can I do anything myself to help with that??
EDIT: he trips a lot. But I figured it was due to the long feet, could that be related to the thin soles?
Last edited by teamfire; 11-03-2013 at 08:51 PM.