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14 year old mare. Sorry for all the pictures. She is my pride and joy and am worried about her.
 

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Your farrier isn't that bad but your horses are wearing down their hooves faster than they can grow them.
 

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How long ago was the trim before these photos were taken?
 

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These pictures dont tell us anything except these horses need a touch up trim. When were they last trimmed? You need to google how to take good hoof critique pictures and post those in sets. I see problems but we cant have any idea how goo a job a farrier.is doing until we have more info and see the bottoms and particular angles and know what kind.of schedule they are on. Also helps to tell us what the horse is eating and what its living conditikns are. Barefoot is a way of life for most horses to be successful and stay in work, not just the lack or shoes.
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Your farrier isn't that bad but your horses are wearing down their hooves faster than they can grow them.
I disagree! I have been keeping my horses barefoot for years now and the only time they look like that (and actually I try to never let them get to that point) is when they are badly in need of a trim. They look too long, not short. If you keep them nice and short and the edges rolled they don't break off in chunks like that. They are self trimming.

To the OP. I don't see anything to panic about. The first horse's hooves are running forward a bit (the toes need to come back) and both horse's hooves need a trim. But I don't see anything to panic about. A shorter trim interval and a good mustang roll would really help them and is probably all they need.
 

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They were trimmed 2 weeks ago! They are trimmed every 6 weeks. They are on Purina Strategy Healthy Edge and the best quality Bermuda hay.
The reason I was panicking is because my 14 year old has gone lame ever since he started to trim them.
 

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They are NOT to long! I would kill someone who cut my mares hooves shorter than that. My mare is dead lame (and bleeding) if she is trimmed shorter than 3 1/4 inch. And some horses can't go barefoot. Mine was for 6 years and did her no favors. I had no idea she was in pain until I put shoes on her. She was always so light on her back end (as in you could not feel it, like I was only riding the front half of the horse) but as soon as she had shoes she was a normal horse(and a more collected one too). My bfs horse can't be trimmed shorter than 3 1/2 for the same reasons. Im not bashing barefooted horses But some just can't do it. I have seen people put their horses through MONTHS of pain for it. And some are always lame. I decided shoes after my mare was destroying her hooves. You may want to look into shoes, or even glue on easy boot gloves (I made the mistake of leaving my mares epics on to save her hooves... yeah she peed in them and I had scratches to deal with... they where only on for an hour -_-').
 

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KigerQueen, I agree they are short. My farrier always rushes with them and seems to just to try to make them look good but short. He does 6 horses in under 30 minutes. I understand some people can do a great job quick, but this doesn't seem to be the case with him. I've always thought he cuts them too short. With my 17 year old mare, it seems her fronts are always a little uneven (her feet need to be best as possible due to an injury as a yearling).
The pasture they are in is grass and dirt. There's maybe 3 rocks in the pasture and no sand or gravel.
I have a new question. How can I get their feet to grow out a little without them being so rough looking?
 

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I would say use a rasp and put a mustang roll on her feet. it will help stop her feet from catching on things and allow them to grow.
 

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No one said they were too long, although the horse does have flared front toes that are essentially too long in front of the coffin bone, not to long vertically. Different.

The horse needs a touch up trim. Those chipping walls tell the tale. Self trimming in action. Trimming doesnt just mean cutting off sole and rasping it away (which I actually never cut off live sole anyway) It means re leveling and addressing chipping walls sometimes. This horse needs a trim.
 
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