I've been doing my own horse's feet since I got him about a year ago. I've been meaning to post these pictures asking for specific advice for a while, but never seem to have my phone when I'm out trimming.
Buck is approximately 3.5 years old Missouri Foxtrotter/Arabian cross. As far as I know he has never been shod, and had no foot care at all before I got him. He is sound on all surfaces except gravel, which he minces across. I'd like to get him to the point where he is sound on gravel, if possible. He is kept pastured 24/7 with unlimited access to grass and a mineral block. He is given feed concentrate only on days when he is worked. I've had ongoing problems with thrush that clear up when the weather is dry and comes right back when the weather is wet. When the weather is dry his frogs are nice and hard. When his feet get long they tend to pancake out.
The main problem that I am able to see with his feet is the bruising in the walls and the splitting of the hoof wall at the bottom of the feet. He also has two large cracks that I have had no success in growing out. I mainly ride him on sand, clay, packed dirt and blacktop. We avoid gravel roads for obvious reasons.
I'd really like to know what I'm doing wrong in his trim, because I'm seeing a lot of hoof wall separation. Plus, it's good to have outside feedback.
Front Feet (Side):
I have no idea what the black hole is - perhaps an abscess that is growing out? He was very sore for about two weeks a while back and I had to give him time off.
Front Feet (Front) :
You can really see the two cracks in his toes. The hair loss is from a severe rope burn injury he received about two years ago, before I adopted him from the Humane Society.
Left Front :
You can see the hoof wall separation and the hole in his toe. :(
Left Rear :
This is his worst hoof. You can really see the hoof wall separation and the hole in his toe.
Right Rear :
Standing (Kind Of) Square:
Rear Hooves Angle 1 :
Rear Hooves Angle 2 :