I have a nine-year-old Thoroughbred cross gelding who was bred at home and gently brought along to be my event horse. However, I've been told [although I can't verify it or trust my source; it's a long story] that he's developing sidebone in his front feet.
There are several issues with this, namely that a. I can't even be sure that it's true, given that the horse is not in my care, and b. it may be due to improper shoeing or even outright sabotage, as this horse used to have great feet [again, long story].
My main question is, as my horse has never been lame on this in his life, what are the odds that he will become lame?
Also, if he does in fact have sidebone, especially if it has been caused by improper shoeing, are there ways to help ameliorate the problem or even stop it?
And, could I still jump or even event this horse, with proper maintenance and common sense?
If for any reason he can't be a jumper, he would be a nice therapeutic riding
or trail horse instead. I just really hope he can still event, because he just
lights up when he goes on course! [He has the scope and mind to be a great
Training or Prelim level packer, and I don't plan to campaign him hard.]
I can provide more details if necessary, just want to keep it simple for now.
Thanks for your input!
- K. and Peter J. Horseface