Originally Posted by RATHER BE RIDING
Flares are never a good thing. They indicate stretching of the white line and hoof wall separation.
I agree that it's not beneficial *if* the horse is to be expected to do anything on firmer ground, but not sure that it's *necessarily* a bad thing, for those horses in that environment, or that it necessarily means stretching & separation. But so saying, haven't really looked into it much at all.... meant to, just not being relevant to my environs & so many other things to study too.... When I first saw those pics of WA horses and thought back to my (pre-any idea about hooves) trip to Fraser Island, I was very surprised at the state of them(having a more idealistic idea about feral horse feet back then), but from memory(was a fair few years ago) I thought the hooves looked otherwise reasonably healthy & well attached, just that the excess walls had flared rather than broken away because of the soft ground.