Met with my farrier out at the barn today and let me just say again how blessed I am to have found him.
I think he could see in my expression how discouraged I was with the whole ordeal and he kept reminding me how better Whiskey's feet already looked. He pointed out the new growth evident already. He was like "the trick is, don't focus on the bottom where all the junk is going wrong. Just look at the top and keep reminding yourself that the good stuff is coming!". So that's what I am going to keep trying to do.
He watched him move around and said he was too uncomfortable to go without shoes, but that shoes would cause extra problems since he is afraid the nail holes on his FR would get bacterial. I think the way he put it was "with the entry point here in the front with that crack, and the entry points provided by the nail holes, I just don't think that's a recipe for success".
So, no shoes was the verdict. He's coming back out to (DISCLAIMER: I could be about to explain this completely wrong- so if sounds nuts and entirely insane, it probably is..and I apologize) glue some plywood shoes on? From what I understand?
He originally suggested I order some hoof boots for him and I had to cringingly admit to not being able to afford those right at this moment. His case of pneumonia plus his ulcer meds took a big chunk out of my emergency vet money. Especially since I had just finished paying the bill for Drifter's arthroscopy. It would probably take me 2-3 weeks to afford the boots because I'm just the type of person that has major anxiety if I spend all of my alotted "emergency" money without a bit left over.
But, anyways, (sorry for the veer off course) .. he brainstormed with me for a bit and said the plywood thing is what he thinks he's going to do, but that he would give his old instructor from shoeing school a call and run it by him as well.
We have turned Whiskey into a case study for his website! I grabbed some pics tonight but my camera is dead, I will have to post them tomorrow.And I will post pictures of whatever it is we end up doing next week as well. The hole in his FL toe is completely grown out, and the giant hole/crack on the FR has made progress, but its still there.
I was told yesterday when speaking to his old owner that their farrier had told them to call him whenever Whiskey's shoes fell off so they often had his feet done every 11 or 12 weeks. Just whenever a shoe fell off. So, my farrier thinks that's why Whiskey's feet look the way they do. He says once we get the cracks grown out and support him until they do, he believes his feet will be fine because they grow out in a great shape. But the stress of the long toes he had with his previous owners stretched the lamina and stuff and caused the cracking and the opportunity for the WLD.
I believe that's how he explained it anyways. My farrier lingo isnt very good so something might be getting lost in translation. So another foot of mountain climbed! We are one foot closer to the top. Like my farrier said as he got into his truck to go, "Just focus on how far from the bottom of the mountain we are - how far we've come up. Don't dwell on how far away the peak looks". I told him I was going to print out the pictures I took of Whiskey's feet the day I got him (the ones posted on here) and look at them every day to show myself how far he's come. He's going to get there I know. Just gotta keep the faith!