Foot Troubles-Need Suggestions
Ok, so, my horse has never had the 'best' feet in the world, but I don't ride her NEARLY enough to feel ok giving her shoes. Lately they have gotten worse than usual. Chipping, cracking on the vertical, and oddly...pealing. What's crazy is that she has gone ALL winter long and while she had a chip or two, she's never had this kind of issue before, it's only recently since she's been done every 6 weeks. I asked the farrier (used him twice now) about it and he said it's probably due to the dry weather and the fact she doesn't have a pond to go stand in. He then suggested some hoof conditioner. I'm doing the conditioner 1-2 times a day but only started 2 days ago, so I'm still waiting to see if that's what it is. However, she's never had this kind of problem and as a pasture horse she's been exposed to ALL kinds of weather. Drought, LOTS of rain, snow, humidity, and everything else you can really think of. I asked my farrier about some 'affordable' glue on shoes and he said he'd look into it, but suggested tread boots. I've liked the idea of boots for a while, but when I read the care and maintenance I wasn't so sure they'd be the best thing to be out in a pasture. Granted, the pasture is only about 3 acres, few if any rocks, no holes that I've seen yet, and while it's not 'even' ground, it is flat.
What are your suggestions?