08-26-2012, 11:19 PM
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As per what others have said, can depend on a number of factors & while it may not look so pretty, it's also not *necessarily* a problem at all. Diet/nutrition play huge parts in hoof health, so you may want to tell us what she's fed, more info on other management aspects & post hoof pics(see link below) for more specific opinions.
If your farrier has never seen this pony before, I would not take his word for it about 6-8 weeks. 6 weeks is an average, & depends on time of year, etc as to how fast they grow, but many horses need more frequent trims than that. Chipping, esp with cracking, is often an indication of hooves being a bit too long.