His shoes were taken off about two weeks before I saw him. The nail holes were quite low and he had had toe clips aswell.
Fairly rubbish horn on a lot of the hoof but it could be seen that as time goes on and he is allowed to grow naturally that there is good horn to come through for him.
My problem was that I found the remains of three nails in three of his hooves. They were all at least 1 cm long and obviously could have caused him problems. When shoes are pulled you know how many nails there are and how long they are, it is not rocket science to know if some has been left in the hoof and it does not take much to get rid of these bits.
If a job is worth doing it is worth doing well. It is all too often that the little things are not checked and then they trip you up along the road.
Please check your animals hooves regularly as it might be a sharp stone, an old piece of rusty metal, or even sharp plastic than can cause problems if left. The more you check each part of your animal the sooner you will notice a difference in them. The sooner you notice, the sooner it can be sorted, often quite cheaply rather than getting to the vet stage straight away because it has already caused problems that should have been picked up quickly.
The more you understand each part of theri anatomy the better you know them and the sooner you will know if they are off colour or unconciously showing you there is a problem.
Enjoy what might or might not be left of the summer. Please remember high viz every single time you go out of the yard gate whatever the weather, better safe than sorry, eh?