I'm very confused about my mare's hooves. She has cracked front hooves. She is a 3 year old Quarter Horse I just got about a month ago. I want to start working with her more, but her hooves are keeping us at a walk. About 2 weeks ago we got front shoes on her, and since then she has been lame. I don't know if it is because of the cracks or because it is her first time in shoes. My farrier recommended Hooflex, but then he called saying that Hooflex would just make it worse. He also recommended I start giving her Farrier's Formula Double Strength hoof supplement. I want to get more opinions other than my Farrier (who I don't know if I trust) before I give her something. Also does anyone know anything else that can help with the cracks?
Here is a picture of her hooves from a few months ago; she had just gotten her hooves trimmed. Right before she gets her hooves trimmed, the cracks look very bad. I can try to get a few pictures next time I see her.