The farrier just came out. He said he did not see any white line separation or overgrown bars. Really? I feel like you can clearly see it, even in pictures. hmmmm
Bars are not hugely overgrown, but esp given heel height, def too long IMO. Taking them down to near the *true*(live) sole plane will allow you better to see how much heels can come down. Appears there is some separation/infection likely in the rear of the quarters at least. Maybe it's really shallow though, or trimmed out now. Looks like laminae is likely a tad stretched most places, but perhaps not actually separated. Newly trimmed pics will give more...
How good are domestic horse's hooves? I have seen wild horse's hooves and they are beauts. I know that her hooves will never look like a wild horse's one due to environment and other factors, but really?
It's a matter of 'deed over breed'. It's little to do with genetics, breed, etc, but everything to do with environmental factors & I can show you some extremely lousy feral feets too - Eg. horses that live in swampy land, such as Barmah National Park here, or the Camargue in France. Horses that live on constant soft sand or such - they've got rid of the brumbies from Fraser Island off Qld coast here now, but there were arab x clydie brums there descended from shipwrecks of horses being imported for the police force & also for the logging industry. Their hooves were all very flat soled & flared.
Generally when you see egs of good wild hooves, these are from desert/arid region animals who do many, many miles daily over rough terrain(at slow paces). There was one(at least) study done here (Hampstead & Pollitt) where they took a rather crap footed brumby mare from a 'cushy' & soft Qld environment and dumped her in the desert in the Centre with a mob of ferals. Came back many months later & the horse had survived & thrived, her feet had become strong & sound. But I bet she endured many months of difficulty before she was able to do the required miles to keep up with the mob comfortably. And then, domestic horses, while often kept/worked in far from ideal situations, if they do have healthy management, lifestyle, enough daily stimulation/wearing on varied ground, then they too will develop the 'rock crunching' bare hooves of arid region ferals. But due to environment & lifestyle, most domestics will have less than ideal feets & will need artificial protection in some situations at least.
The farrier said he works with TB's hooves mainly (and you know the "TB hooves bad" stereotype) and that her hooves are great and that "the bars are perfect" (exact quote). Like, are you for real right now? I never said her hooves were "bad", just that they could be better.
Yeah, Dr Bowker has likened it to not recognising neurological problems if they're anywhere short of paraplegia! Unfortunately, unhealthy hooves are soooo common as to be taken for the norm by many, including vets & farriers! So they don't recognise 'minor' stuff, only if it's blatantly obvious or is causing lameness.
I'm going to learn how to trim her myself. Reading everything. Watching everything. Go to clinics. etc... The search for a GOOD farrier is driving me crazy! *screech noisez*
Yep, reason so many of us started learning/doing ourselves was for lack of good options.