My farrier suggested digging shallow puddles around their feeds bins so they can get a good 'foot' soak while they're having dinner.
**One of our horses loves to dig so we'll get him to do the hard work for us
I don't ask any of my clients to soak feet, As long as your rasp/nippers are good quality and sharp plus the trimmer/farrier uses them correctly then your tools do the hard work. It just means you use more rasps over time.
Soaking once every 6 weeks for the farrier isn't a big issue if thats what they ask you to do but if soaking is done on a regular basis it can be detrimental, not necessarily the soaking but the foot rapidly drying.
yeah my horses tend to have hardish hooves generally, which is usually great, but the farrier im using is a grumpy man but does a fantastic trim and balance, so i dont want to upset him by having such hard hooves...
Whoever said that money cant buy happiness never knew where to buy a horse!
We soak before a trim, even though I have great gear. Too much of everything is bad of course, but we are in the desert.
Fair enough, Its more soaking as a regular practice i.e weekly that causes the problems. Good feet will cope with rapid water loss as a healthy foot will have good inner wall structure which will release water slowly.