Originally Posted by ShannonSevenfold View Post
I tend to disagree though that 1/4 of an inch is well overdue. That's hardly anything at all.
Firstly, I said 'due'(I hope
) & I do agree with others that it depends on environment, state of feet, etc, as to whether that much growth should be classed as 'overdue'. Eg. If he lives on soft ground, that's not generally bad at all. But interested why exactly you disagree & think of it as 'hardly anything'?
From experience of various & sundry hoof problems, if only people kept their horse's feet well maintained(as opposed to the more normal allowing them to overgrow substantially before having to get the farrier to 'correct' them), there would be so many fewer hoof issues. Mechanics isn't everything by far, but it is a major 'ingredient' in healthy, sound hooves. I also find that when addressing problems, it's important to manage them to avoid much overgrowth at all, or else it tends to be two steps forward, one step back every visit.
Re: the crack - he said it was a surface crack so it likely will not spread but to just keep an eye on it.
Is that it, showing in the toe of that pic? Yes, it is a bit different when they're superficial & no big stress at all. I find these type often perpetuate though, just because there's a bit of infection underneath that's eating the healthy tissue as it grows. Therefore I'd probably dig it out a bit with a hoof knife to uncover the infection & enable it to be treated - probably just a spray with t-tree for a few days or such is all it will need. Oh I also agree that the white area in the pic is likely just periople material & no worries. Has it been wet in your area? Like our skin, theirs tends to go whiter when soaked.
The hoof pictured does look like it has some (hopefully minor at this stage) issues to be dealt with, looking at the dished quarter walls & the horizontal rings, although obviously with only one pic & that angle, doesn't give away much. If you would like opinions on his feet, check out the link below for tips on critique pix. For now I'd look into diet & nutrition as it relates to feet and look into 'low grade' or 'sub clinical' laminitis. (Don't stress about that last word BTW!