Cinny has always had great hooves since the day I bought him. His farrier agrees that he has some of the best feet he works with. He DOES and has always been given a hoof supplement and has always been barefoot. When the weather gets dry, or his hooves seem dried out we give him a good coat of horseshoers secret. For the most part, his hoofies are great.
But, we just moved to a new stable that has a LOT of COURSE gravel. It's between his stall and the arena and pretty much all the walkways that are not indoors. He has been there about a week and his hooves look like heck. Yesterday I found a huge chunk out of his hoof wall, but luckily it's just cosmetic and he is due for a trim next week so my farrier is going to come tomorrow to fix him up.
Currently my farrier trims and files him so he is perfectly flat across, no rounding at all as if he were going to put on shoes even though we don't shoe Cinny. I have noticed that he gets cosmetic splinters at the bottom edge of his hoof wall with outer layers chunking off easily even before we moved, but they were usually pretty small. At the new place they are bigger and the chunk that came off sometime before my arrival yesterday is about a half inch high and about 2 inches long on the outer side of his hoof.
Do you think it would help if I asked my farrier to file the edges so they are a bit more beveled or round? I'll try to get pictures later this afternoon when I go to the stable so you can see what his feet currently look like.