I was looking for something in my old photos and found a picture of Faran's hoof back when we first brought him home. I stuck it next to a current (well as current as I have) photo for comparison.
Can you believe the difference?? The main factors in his improvement were diet and environment. He went from living in a round pen and eating six quarts of sweet feed a day to living on thirty acres and eating a ration balancer (with no sugar). BIG difference. He's only been trimmed for a few cycles now (in fact has been trimmed since the recent picture was taken) and that improves things, but I still think diet/environment/exercise has been the main factor in it. Faran was obese when we got him and didn't have a lot of room to move around. That has very negative effects on the hoof. So if you're horse is being trimmed regularly, but is still having problems (abscesses, chipping, cracks, lameness, etc) look into diet/exercise/environment. It has a much stronger influence than most people think!
Now for the horse hoof experts, I have a question. Why is his central sulcus a deep hole instead of a groove that goes out the back of the hoof? I've never seen one that looks like his. I'm treating him for thrush since nasty stuff gets trapped in there. We've also put a bevel on his hoof since this picture was taken. I think the biggest thing right now is getting those toes back so his hoof returns to a normal shape. :) I'm excited about the changes in Faran, physically and emotionally. :D