Originally Posted by jumanji321
I'm not sure if this belongs in this section or not, but can a horse be born with thin soles on its hooves? I've heard of some horses having thin soles genetically, but I want to know if it's true.
It is true and most often a consequence of mechanics associated with distal limb conformation.
Good examples are club footed horses, those presenting hi-low syndrome and those with low-heel/long toe syndrome. What they all have in common is excess DDFT pull resultant inefficient phalangeal levers and/or functionally shortened flexor tendon/muscle group.
You will see a good number of the first example among stock bred horses. The latter is easily found among the thoroughbred family.
If the primary causal factors were environment and maintenance, we would be able to correct many of these horses. The reality is that we usually have to settle for mechanical management over correction.