Hi Eventer, Firstly I'd like to say good on you for giving it a go, when it seems the only alternative was to leave them to further neglect.
From what little can be seen from those pics(unfortunately different angle including solar are needed for more detail), it seems you did do a reasonable job on the toes, but agree that the heels & flares shouldn't have been left. I disagree with Sara that trimming the toes puts more pressure on the flares(& she must have always been in a well populated area to find lack of farriers so hard to believe), but it does appear likely there's a lot of strain working against those cracks.
If you would like to post more pics, I could better tell you what is likely needed. If you were comfortable doing the toes like that, don't stress about quarters & heels - they're no harder to do & the same principles apply. Just make sure you learn to make sense of those principles. I suggest barefoothorse.com, hoofrehab.com & barehoofcare.com as 3 good sites to learn more from. If you're planning on doing it yourself, I would highly recommend Pete Ramey's 'Under The Horse' DVD series. It's not the cheapest, but is WELL worth the money & you will learn HEAP.
Originally Posted by xXEventerXx
In my area there are only 2 farriers, the one I don't use SUCKS like holy crap sucks and the one I use is always busy and when ever I make an apt she says lets wait till its a bit warmer so I wait and then she is busy with something else. And where I live we had a huge snow storm for almost a week, its been soo cold so I don't blame her.
Actually, I wouldn't 'blame' her either, for not *wanting* to work in bad weather - who does?? But for one, you just said the snow storm was for a week, not 4 months, and it sounds like she's palming you off & you're accepting it. Who knows whether she actually cares about the horses or there's some other problem, but if she's a good farrier, she will know the problems that this is causing. But more to the point, you know yourself what state your horse's feet are in and it's your responsibility as owner, so next time you ring to book her, either don't take no for an answer, or if you reckon your horse can 'wait till it's warmer', book her there & then for that 'warmer' time, rather than waiting until she's booked up again.
And actually leaving the hooves to chip would be a worse idea, if you didnt notice the cracks its created from chipping..
Not necessarily, but I do agree that it can well be worse, and from the look of those cracks, the feet should be well & frequently maintained. I don't believe it's just a bit of excess growth & chipping that has caused the cracks though. They have obviously been far longer term probs for a start.