Awwww........the feeling of having the farrier done for another two months! I love knowing my horse's hooves are all taken care of. I love seeing the first hoof done; how nice and neat it looks. Chester has a soft outer wall on his hooves, so they crumble/ break easily. Not extremely bad though, just enough to be a bother and little extra work. When we got him his hooves had cracks in them. He came from a warmer dryer place then where he is now. It took a little bit for those cracks to grow out. Now, every once in awhile, one of his back hooves spits/cracks. My farrier does a GREAT job and trims them right up. Chester is bare foot, so I don't have to worry about shoes. Which is super nice! My farrier said he could put shoes on him (they would help with the cracking) but it's not needed. I think I am going to go as long as possible without putting shoes on Chester. Really though, I don't think I will ever need to put shoes on him as long as I take the time to keep his hooves clean, dry and taken care of.
I'm going to throw a question out for ya'll. Does any of you know of a really good hoof supplement? Preferably on the cheaper side. Something that doesn't cost a fortune but works and does it's job?
I talked to my farrier about giving Chester a supplement that would strengthen his hooves. He said that it might help but might not. I think I will look around, save some money and then I might try something out and see how it works.