I'm 24, and absolutely adore horses! I started riding when I was 14. I rode fairly consistently from the ages of 14 to 18, until I went to college. I haven't rode at all really, in the last six years. But, I am wanting to get back in to horses...I've been given the "o.k." by my husband to buy a horse!
Can you take a look at these hoof cracks and tell me what you think?
I have had a hard time finding a horse....either it's too spooky/hyper, or is barn sour and won't leave the yard, etc. The very first horse I looked at was awesome; a 5-year old palomino QH gelding named Chip. I love Chip in every way...such a calm, mellow horse, with an easy going temperment. But, Chip had a large crack in each of his front hooves. Because of these cracks, I decided to "pass" on him and continue on with my search. But, I am wondering if the crack would be manageable with proper shoeing?
As you can see, the cracks have "spread". I think part of the problem is the fact that it looks like whoever the owner's farrier is, isn't very good. Also, you can see right around his coronet, about 3/4" of growth where the hoof is nice (i.e. No cracks, very smooth looking).....is this the new growth coming in? She said she purchased him this spring. I am assuming the previous owner (who had foaled him and owned him for his entire life, up until April/May) did not have shoes on him, which is why his hooves got so bad.
Please look at the pictures and tell me what you think.
I really liked this horse!