Finally an update with pictures!
Well, we gave Whiskey about 2 1/2 weeks to adjust to barefoot and it just wasnt happening. Granted, I know they need longer, it took Drifter a bit longer when we first did it, but he wasnt half as uncomfortable as whiskey was.
My farrier believes it was just too much too soon. I think the way he put it was that his walls just arent there to support him at the moment, so he couldnt get comfortable. He believes once the cracking is under control than we can leave a little wall to help support his foot and try the barefoot thing again. I THINK that's how he put it. It was yesterday evening and we talked about so much that my mind gets a little bad at remembering it all. Especially since all of this is so new to me.
Well, anyways. Since he didn't want to nail in shoes and risk compromising the hooves further, he got creative with plywood, some pads and really strong glue he ordered. He said it would offer Whisk the support he needed without nail holes, and saved me a little money as well. The finished result is slightly beverly hilbilly looking but Whiskey is loving it and its definitely doing its job.
My farrier said to walk him around let him get used to them, plus to help him scuff up the bottoms a bit. We walked up and down the rocky road, no problems! Whiskey didnt miss a beat. Walked around the hard ground in his pasture he had been limping on and he did awesome. I let him loose in the round pen to see how he felt and he wanted to run and buck around so bad but kept slipping a bit. He eventually figured it out and the slipping went to a minimum.
As far as his feet go, his RR that had the huge abscess crater in is HAS GROWN OUT! Its gone!! Theres a slight divet where the last bit is growing out, otherwise you can't see a thing. His back feet made the transition to barefoot great. He's only had front shoes since I bought him and has transitioned well. His frogs in his back are looking fantastic, I'll have to get pictures of those later.
His fronts. His FL (labeled FR in my first post I wasnt thinking correctly) was the one with the huge long crack. It is still there, but we have been keeping a close eye on it. Both my farrier and vet guess it has grown out at least an inch or two in the last 2 months. It reached all the way up to his coronary band and no longer is anywhere near that far up his foot! Yay for new growth. His FR has also grown out. That crack is pretty much gone.
Overall, he is doing fantastic foot wise. Progress is slow but its there which is what is most important. Excuse the glue on his front feet, there was no way to sand it down and paint it because if its location on his foot, and he wanted to make sure the shoes held up to his shenanigans. Like I said, its not really pretty, but its working! hoof2.jpg hoof3.jpg hoof4.jpg hoof5.jpg hoof6.jpg play1.jpg play2.jpg play3.jpg play4.jpg
Definitely changing from the lazy young guy I unloaded off of my trailer that first day. Also, I received more information about his farrier history from his old owner. She was asking me how we were treating Whiskey because her current horse is starting to show the same problems. She mentioned her farrier told them to not worry about calling him until Whiskeys shoes fell off themselves, so Whiskey was going 12-14 weeks without foot care
She asked me if I was having trouble sedating him for my farrier and I simply answered "we have never had to". He is also getting LOADS better about picking up his feet. He has his moments but they are few and far between now. He is so used to me doing it that he is even anticipating what leg I want next. I'm going to have to change up the order on him! Ha ha