I simply cannot believe I am having to do this......
I have a 28 yo Paint gelding. Owned him all of his life. Fairly royal foundation QH breeding, with one cross to Three Bars (TB), 5 generations back. He won(or lost) the genetic lottery, and grew to be a 16.2 HH, 1400 lb guy, who wears an 87" blanket, and does not fit in a standard horse trailer.
Until he was about 18 yo, no one but me had ever ridden him. I broke him as a 3 yo, and then he injured his hind leg, and he walked on THREE legs for an entire year. He was on complete stall rest, and magically(really!...the vet did NOT believe it) he was one day three-legged, next day sound.
I taught him to jump, and we showed a local H/j club circuit, and were reserve Champion for the year. I schooled him in dressage to 3rd level, but got into endurance riding, and then years later, pulled him out of the pasture for a lesson, and wound up showing at the Regional Championships.
Then 2 years ago, we decided to move across the country. My friend knew I needed to get rid of some horses, and had a student who needed a tall horse who did not require a LOT of direction, so I sent her BJ. Her husband is a retired farrier, and all of her horses look good for the past 6 years I have known her.
The lease ended, and she kept him to give lessons.
So, last week I am out at her place, and the girls have BJ up using him for pony rides. He is scratching his face on the fence, and all broken out under both eyes. When I got a good look at him, he is weeping yellow serum on all four legs and midline, but then I got down to his FEET...Which is what this is about!!
The only response I got from my hoof trimmer and the vet was "WOW....I don't quite know what to say".
I picked him up Sunday evening, and took him for bloodwork Monday AM. Scheduled the hoof trimmer for Tuesday. (How's THAT for service???)
More in the next post, but here is what we started with