Originally Posted by ShannonSevenfold
Though I do feel it is a bit of a waste to pay the farrier $35 to take like a quarter of an inch off. ....He has a small (less than an inch) crack in one toe, but the farrier said it doesn't look like it will spread and should just grow out.
Re the quote above, if your farrier has to take off 1/4" hoof wall, the horse was definitely well due. While the 'real world' sometimes gets in the way
, it's not good management to routinely allow hooves to overgrow too much before trimming. A 1" crack isn't all that little. That should amount to almost 1/3 up the hoof wall of a big horse & if it's substantially less than that, the hooves are likely too long due to(??). Cracks often start due to hooves getting too long &/or imbalanced. Also IME it's unlikely for cracks to 'just grow out' of their own accord without management.
I do think it depends & some horses can go quite some time between trims, but I do find that most people that believe their horse doesn't need trimming & has 'hardly grown' are either mistaken & just haven't noticed how much excess growth there is(perhaps because unexfoliated sole is disguising the situation), or the feet are indeed slow growing(or rarely, they're used/worn as much as they grow) but have become imbalanced due to lack of regular maintenance. Therefore, generally I think it is far from a waste to have the farrier to them around 8-10 weekly max.