Wanted to include a Whiskey update. I was hoping to include pics, but I'm going to try and grab some tomorrow. It is storming down here and the thunder was causing him to be skittish tonight. Decided it wasn't the best time for pics.
However, I am pleased to announce that new hoof growth is already evident! The cracks have began to grow out! He is currently only shod on his two fronts, because my farrier didn't feel comfortable trying to find a place for the nails for his rear right shoe, so we opted to leave back shoes off. He has been doing fine without the back shoes, and his back feet are also looking much better.
His previous owners rode him in spurs/with a dressage whip constantly and said he was extremely lazy. Since having his feet done we have gone on a few trail rides, and he has not once shown himself to be lazy. I havent even put on spurs, or taken any kind of crop, etc with me. I think it was a painful foot thing, not laziness.
He is running around the pasture now, constantly up to something.Its amazing what a little TLC and nutrition can do for their spirits :) he's actually acting like he is newly 4 instead of newly 40.
Also pleased to announce I can successfully pick up all 4 feet without him trying to put them down before I do. I have also been working with him on lifting his feet for the farrier, so I'm hoping there will be noticeable difference by his next appointment.
He is truly an amazing guy, and I am so glad I have been able to help him out. Below, I'm attaching two pictures I managed to snap of him yesterday. He was running around with Drifter in our top all-weather arena and he decided to put himself over a jump. I was on my way to take it down while they played around, but he beat me to it. Twice in fact. I feel like he's like "look mom! No hoof pain! Woo!".
He is still skinny ( as you can tell), but we are getting there! We have also been learning to work in a correct frame, playing around with hill work and we just got a saddle fitter out to help us fit him correctly! Really excited about this boy's future. jump1.jpg jump2.jpg