Nice feet, Appyt! I've had my mare for 2 years off the track now and just when I think I have her all good, something new crops up, but her heels have widened by a whole inch since she arrived! It's shocking to place her shoes against her feet now and think how she was on the track!
It certainly is a labour of love and, you're right, weekly maintenance makes all the difference.
SW -- let us know how it goes with your farrier, ok?
Thank you. This mare was raised outside and not shod at a young age. TG.. She was briefly shod by the previous owner. I love those nice round feet. If you went to my photobucket you no doubt saw Abe's feet. He is a retired show horse(not shown by me) who no doubt was shod young and tight. :( He still has narrow feet but not as narrow as they were when I got him.
How long is a long period of time? My appointment is within the first two weeks of next month...do you think he'll be okay to be ridden until then? Or should I call the farrier and have him (or try to get him) out earlier
How long has it been since the last trim? I do mine at 6 week intervals "usually" depending on the speed of growth. This time of year they do grow faster.. ME? I would call and see if the trimmer could come soon as possible. Barefoot hooves need to be trimmed as often as a shod hoof does unless they are on ground that self trims.. can you go ahead and ride? Sure.. AS long as your horse isn't lame or tender etc. I would probably take a rasp to them myself if my trimmer couldn't get to them soon. Best person to ask is your trimmer.
VIsited the site. Wish the problem page pics had the after trim shots on as well.
He's not lame or tender it doesn't seem to bother him.
Here are more pics that I took today
^^Left Front (2 pics)
^^Left Back (2 pics)
What exactly did you say was the problem with his hooves? The "correct" term that a farrier would know. I'm going to drop my farrier an e-mail instead of calling him..and if I don't hear back in 2 days I'll call him.