10-03-2009, 09:34 PM
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In my experience, that's typical of all horses. They just don't wear their back feet down as fast. We have a whole mix of different breeds and they're pretty much all the same - some have a slower rate of growth then others, but pretty much all grow out their front feet faster.
My Arabs feet DO grow like dynamite though. We've had problems with her all summer because our new farrier, for whatever reason, keeps them trimmed long. Which is a disaster for us because it means within 4 weeks, Zierra's hooves are a complete disaster. Shay-las working with her now with a different trimming method because this just isn't working. She has itty bitty Arab feet and farriers keep trying to give her big feet and it just doesn't work. She grows to fast and her hoof wall is thin so she chips like crazy.
On the other hand, her dam had solid black horn hooves and the farrier never even took nippers to her. She never chipped, never cracked, and never seemed to grow. He'd rasp her smooth and balanced every 8 weeks when he did the rest, but that was all she needed.
So I don't think it's the breed so much as just the hooves. I know there's a lot of controversy over black horn VS white horn, but I have to say, in all my time around horses I've never had anything but problems with white horn feet and every black horn footed horse I know has perfect, tough as nails feet. Remind me to stop buying white legged horses, ROFL.