My colt is coming home on Saturday and he has been barefoot his entire life. I would like to keep him barefoot and from what his seller tells me, I should have no problem doing so. The seller owns his dam and his half brother, and both have very solid, very healthy (barefoot) hooves. Both horses compete regularly in the western arena and on trails and have never had any cracks, abscesses or other issues with their feet.
Now, Iím not completely well versed in hooves and Iíd like to learn. I know how to care for them and what a healthy hoof SHOULD look like, but Iím very unsure of what a healthy hoof should be SHAPED like. I look at pictures of hooves on here and even when I think they look good, someone posts that theyíre long in the toe or short in the heel or something like that.
Can anyone post a picture of what a well-shaped, healthy, ideal hoof should look like? Can you provide some reputable websites for me to research and educate myself? When you look at a hoof, what do YOU like to see? I have found a farrier who will trim my horse, but I would definitely like to educate myself on hooves so I donít have to rely only on what the farrier tells me.I want to learn enough that I can confidently say, "my horse's toes are far too long" and actually KNOW what I'm talking about to back that theory up.