Savanna's toes get worn down extremely quickly. I have no idea why. She doesn't paw, and she doesn't seem to drag her feet (this is what I initially thought it was but after paying close attention this does not seem to be the case). She is rarely on pavement or gravel - only on occasion when I take her trail riding or down the drive to the outdoor arena (even then, it's less than 50 feet of pavement and we rarely trail ride on gravel). She is almost walking on the soles of her feet. I didn't realize how much of a problem she was having until I took her on a trail ride and the majority of the trail is gravel (fine gravel, but gravel nonetheless). She walked down the middle of the path when I asked like an honest pony but did stumble and grunt every now and then. I kept her on the sides in the soft ground as often as I could and checked her feet thoroughly once we arrived back at the trailer (not a very long ride). When I picked her foot up, I heard her pastern pop and crackle. She didn't show any soreness when I pressed with the hoofpick (not even on her frog). I realize now I didn't check her heel, though... I worry that she has some issues in her front feet that are starting to rear their head now that I'm riding her more. Should I ask my farrier if shoes will help, and then possibly get the vet to take x-rays and make sure there isn't a bone problem? I don't understand why her toes wear so easily. I keep her trimmed regularly. Her back feet are fine and dandy.
Also, she has not been as willing to move off lately and I fear it could be from being sore. I am giving her time off from riding and will get her vet/farrier checked, but I'd like to get the problems out there and see if anyone recognizes these issues and might see some "red flag" that suggest "your horse has ___!"
Thanks! I'll get photos of her feet this week.