I looked at his feet last night, actually brushed them off with the stiff brush to see what was doing and I'm pleased. I've been sick and the ground has been frozen solid, rock-hard and uneven, so a bit tough on him and we've both been moving slow this week. That said, I can breathe again, it thawed out and he trotted up to come in for dinner, so life is good.
The central sulcus in both front feet already is changing shape. Rather than being a V with moisture in the depth, it's widened out into a bit of a U and is both dry and no longer packing with manure. It's certainly not a 'thumbprint,' but given it's been only a couple of weeks, I'm surprised to see differences already. The frogs also look fuller in the fronts about halfway between the apex and the rear edges. Not sure what that means, but so long as he's comfortable, I figure it's probably okay.
His right rear is growing a bit differently from the others. They're all wearing hoof wall, white line and the edges of the sole evenly/level as the weight bearing surface. On his right rear, the junction of the white line and the unpigmented sole is the most distal surface, and then the sole and outer wall slope to a mm or two shorter, moreso as you go towards the frog. Just my observation, not sure yet if it has meaning. Given my experience as n=4 hooves, "same" and "different" is what I've got.
On that note, I remember when I had my favorite farrier, Jayne's bars were always a contact surface with the ground, and in the past months, they've dissappeared, first in the rears and then the fronts. I wonder if they will grow longer again? I know they were not being trimmed away.
The nail holes from him previous shoeing are nearly gone already, only a couple left at the bottom edges. That seems really fast? Anyhow, I will be measuring for boots and taking pictures to share in the next day or two. Hopefully we'll even be feeling up to a ride if the weather stays mild.