Hello all! I have a potential purchase at my barn undergoing his PPE, etc. The vets came out yesterday and did all the necessary flexion tests, he was a grade 0 lameness (so no lameness detected) after each test on each leg.
HOWEVER, my vet was baffled by his front feet. He said it his only concern and we are taking him in for xrays on Tuesday of next week (soonest they could get us in). Has anyone seen this before? I posted a pic of his front left below, but the front right looks the same. The toes have a triangular divet which then cracks all the way up to just about the hairline. The divets are pretty deep which you cannot tell in the picture because of the sand that got into it. I will try to take a pic tonight when I go back out that is clearer.
My vet is concerned but thinks perhaps that if it was something TOO major than he would have shown some sort of lameness on those feet. He mentioned possibly a bad case of seedy toe?
His history: He is newly turned 4 years old. He is an appendix that was bred for quarter horse racing, but was taken off the track and gelded due to no high drive to run. Bought by a girl who claims she took his racing plates off and tried to let him go barefoot and that is when the cracks appeared. His owners also had him on Wrangler (generic) sweet feed and a grass/hay mix and that was all. He went into a dry lot for 3-4 hours of turn out today.
Could this be a mineral/vitamin deficiency issue? I am switching him over to purina ultium and grass as of now. I really love this guy, and he has a great personality. Just really concerned about those feet. Again, we are getting them x rayed Tuesday but I would love to hear others thoughts before then.
Thanks for the help!