Thanks Smrobs for the good case study! I'm happy to hear that.
Loosie, I'm sure he's not contracted as I feel pretty comfortable managing my horse's hooves and his feet are nice and round, just small compared to his mom and my other horse. I plan to keep him barefoot (as I ride my other horses barefoot) and only do boots as-needed once I start riding him in another year. I'm hoping he will get nice, sound, healthy feet. I am happy with their shape, they are just a tad small. I really want to keep him barefoot if at all possible because I do think it's healthier in the long run.
I have never grown a horse "from scratch" before so that's why I don't know how long their feet will widen out. What confused me even more is my vet declared him done growing when he came out to do vaccines this year. He asked me if I had been riding him yet. I had to remind him that he is not even two until July.
But size-wise he looks like a mature horse. The string test puts him at 16.1 and he is 15.1 right now. So we'll see. If he never gets an inch taller that is okay with me! But I would like for him to have healthy bones and feet if at all possible.
Of course I can't change what I can't change. But I would like to set him up for success if I can.