Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
My experience has been that it can easily be up to a year before a thin soled horse really starts to toughen up.
...but...and you'll get a lot of opinions...my experience has also been that many farriers take too much off the sole making them very ouchy after trims (IMHO). Years ago on our thinner soled seasoned mare (that had been shod for years), I went to keeping her toes short and rolled over with a rasp every 3 weeks, letting her soles toughen and wear naturally, and she's been fine ever since.
...and I know many people that put boots on their horses in the pasture if they are sore...you just may need to search for them if they come off.
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.