1. More frequent trims (aiming for every 4-5 weeks instead of 5-7). The farrier said he trimmed her and left her soles a little lower to distribute the weight a little better and take some stress off the walls of her feet. Does this male sense?
2. Increase the amount of Biotin she gets, and add some flax to her diet. (her mane and coat are already very healthy and glossy)
3. Paint the coronet band with Cornucrescin ointment daily to encourage hoof growth (recommended by the coach)
4. Paint her hoof wall and soles (not the frog) with Tuff Stuff every other day to help prevent these areas from absorbing excess water.
5. Use hoof boots ( Cavallo's) when she is ridden to give her hooves a little more protection and cushioning.
6. We discussed front shoes, but her walls are so thin and soft that the nails pull out. The farrier said he could. Try finer nails and lighter shoes, but was hesitant to recommend standard showing. He also said he would look into glue-on shoes. He says they work well for stabled horses, but wasn't sure about pastured horses. In the meantime we are going to try the hoof boots and see if we cannot improve the quality of her hooves without shoeing.
We have had this mare for over 5 years and her feet have always been a problem. We have tried various things in the past with varying success. With this summer's weather however, we are trying a more aggressive, mulltifaceted approach. Does this make sense? Is there anything I have described that seems unreasonable, or anything I have overlooked?