Small crack in hoof - can it wait for the farrier?
So, the farrier was just out for my pony. She was atrocious for many reasons, but until I can get that under control I don't want to call him out again. I messaged Loosie to see what she'd say, but she hasn't gotten back to me, so I figured I'd make a post to ask the general consensus.
A few days ago I noticed a crack in her front right hoof. Her hooves are REALLY dry right now (even though the whole front pasture is mud), which I think contributes to the problem. When the farrier came out, he did the best he could with what he had to work with - an angry, moving, didn't-want-her-feet done horse. They were left a teensy bit flared, as he said it'd take a few trims to get them really good looking again. Okay, dandy, they're much better than they were!
But then the crack came. From the front, it looks like it's just because her hoof was still a bit flared, and the pressure of walking cracked it along a dry spot. But the underside of her hoof looks differently... The crack itself looks like it's superficial, a bit of the hoof wall cracked away and up along a dry line, but there's a groove in her hoof too that wasn't there when the farrier was here, so maybe she stepped on something that did it?
I attached some (awful) pictures. I didn't have a hoof pick with me, and she was moving a lot, so I did with what I could. I took a few of the ones where dirt obscures the underside and added some edited lines showing where it is. I filed away the lower edge of the crack, just so it wouldn't touch the ground and crack more (that's why you can't see it in just the groove picture) but the pic of the whole hoof is how it is right now.
Do you think it can wait for the farrier to come out? Also, what can I do to make her feet less dry? She's standing in mud a lot, if she's in the front pasture, but obviously that's not enough. I'm sorry the pics are bad - I'll try to grab my hoof brush when I go out again, but that may be two days out yet.