I'm new here to this form and wanted to get some advice/opinions.
Due our remote location and lack of reliable farriers in our area, I have been doing all my own trimming for the last 5 years with no issues what so ever. All our horses have been successfully barefoot and ridden for the last 5 years. :)
This horse in question is an 8 year old paint mare, she's always had terrible feet, very flat, flared, weak shelly hoof walls, prone to peeling, chips and cracks when they grow out too long. Even still, she's never taken a lame step and I have had great success with trimming her myself...until this last year.
She's developed these cracks in her hoof wall that are rather superficial, the pictures make them look worse, actually...until they grow out to the bottom of the hoof, they split a little as you see and I've been able to usually trim most of that off. Each week I drip some iodine down each crack.
The cracks on the hoof wall are not deep at all and appear very superficial. They appeared after a long hard winter last year when her feet got a bit too long and I've not been able to get them to go away or even grow out since. We rode her successfully all last summer, she's not lame, no heat, doesn't seem to have any restricted movement as a result, they just look unsightly.
Is this caused from a balance issue? Any recommendations. I was going to go out and do a trim today, but thought I'd rather see if I can get some advice first, THEN go out and do some filing.
I tried to get pic's best I could...any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,