Hooves, what do you recommend?
Kia Ora HF! New to posting and HF. I joined as i just bought my own horse, not a novice per say, ridden since I was 4 but out of the saddle and apart from horses for nearly 8years (in my late 20s now). I need of support in the subtle and not so subtle art of hoof care. And from what I've seen HF is a great place with a vast knowledge base I look forward to participating with.
I'll stay on topic...hooves!
My new boy is a 7year STB just retired from his trotting career last month. His previous owners took his front shoes off before rehoming, I will have his back shoes removed very soon too. I'd love him to be sound and barefoot, he will be trail and beach ridden. My knowledge on hooves is small but growing!
His feet seem strong no cracks, I think his heels look contracted especially on his fronts, I think there is some thrush going on (RF frog looks yuck! LF is stinky) and a hole in the sole. Long toes. Deep collateral grooves on his fronts. No lameness. Love to hear your opinions from what you can depict. Please correct me if I am wrong!
I pick and clean his feet daily monitoring the hole in the sole. Up close it's about 5 or so mm deep, white inside, clean looking...what is it? I've poked gently and doesn't seem sore... an abscess, was..? Quite tricky taking photos in the winter sun on your own with a very temperamental camera, lol!
Im quite new in my community and I live 2hours from my nearest town, I'll be in next week to pick up supplies and groceries.
A large % of my local horse community are old school, at times stubborn, abusive and fairly poor (more a make do attitude or make it do) though all round amazing and supportive people!
I have a cousin who is a farrier (home taught by his grandfather musterer), who I will ask to remove his shoes, but feeling wary to let him him do anything else as I'm not sure of his skill and knowledge, rather not have him screw up his feet...do I give him the benefit of doubt? On his own horses, some have lovely looking feet and some very flared or long feet. Doesn't seem to be into regular maintenance, lol.
I have just found Pete Rameys work, wow. I am wanting and willing to learn all I can, so I can take care of my horses feet.
What would you do? What do you recommend? Thank you for reading!