Hoof imbalance & toe crack: What do you see?
Before I talk to my farrier, and risk making him mad, can those of you familiar with the well-trimmed hoof tell me what you see in the attached photos?
I got my gelding 5 years ago. He had 4 shoes but my farrier and the PPE vet said he could go barefoot no problem. We work on sand or sand/rubber footing schooling upper level dressage. I moved to a new barn 4 years ago and the last 2 summers he developed a 1/2" toe crack that grew out in the winter. Farrier said it was due to stomping at flies, so I got fly boots, etc.
Well, this winter it's still there. My farrier is a Journeyman, meaning he is educated and certified up the wazoo and he teaches. He works with 2 equine clinics and shoes horses at the top show barns in my area, with a long waiting list. He says not to worry about it as it isn't getting worse and I think I am annoying him by questioning why the crack appeared in the first place, and is no longer growing out. But I'm the type that thinks if something changes in my horse, I need to know why and/or correct it.
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