I have recently bought a new horse and im a bit worried because he has really poor hooves and I was wondering if anyone knew why and what I could do about it?
He is 4 years old and unbroken so not ridden although I have recently taken him out for 5-10 min walks. I know people are going to say get your farrier to look-which I am asap- only I refuse to use anyone that's not trained for barefoot trimming and Im finding it hard to find someone who covers my area.
Anyway... I was just wondering if anyone knew how serious it was and could suggest anything I can do to help improve his feet?
I have included some pictures although they aren't brilliant so il try to get better ones as soon as possible.
Both back feet have vertical cracks from the ground to about an inch/half an inch below his coronet and at the bottom of his feet where they start they are starting to splay outwards. The cracks are large and deepish but they don't seem infected and they don't bleed. He also has bumpy ridges going circular on all 4 feet and on all feet the horn quality seems normal at the top(Apart from ridges) but is poor lower down. I can't describe it but its not shiny and almost rough.
Please help, im getting rather worried!
PS. Sorry if this thread is in wrong place, I couldnt find anywhere else that was suitable.