I brought home my new gelding today. I am very unhappy with his front hooves and I'm counting the minutes til I can call the farrier in the morning.
I've attached a few pictures. He's not lame but he has flapjacks for front feet right now. I thought that was bad enough. When I got to cleaning, or attempting to clean out his hooves I was further disheartened. He has rocks embedded in the soles, but I'm certain they're actually embedded in almost cement-like crap. It looks to me like his heels have grown so long underrun that they're halfway down the sole.
Obviously his angles have thrown him off as well.
With a good farrier, potentially how long will it take before he'll start having normal looking feet? 6 months? A year? I want to avoid shoes if I can.
Any advice, knowledge, tips, supplements, anything - very welcome!