My farrier remarked today how my gelding had a bruised left toe, something he hadn't seen much of until this shoeing cycle. He was explaining to me the kinetics of movement when the horse lands toe first because of possibly avoiding a heel first landing due to soreness or a tight flexor tendon. He showed me the pink bruised line and I am thinking how else this might have happened?
We are upping up trot volume in rehab but we are in a hogfuel arena. We trail ride and the footing varies from road surface to compressed ground/small gravel. At any rate, is there anything I can do for my guy's comfort? His new shoes also have equi pack and pads.
My farrier showed me the the old shoe wear and it is even m-l and both toes are worn exactly the same amount. I would have thought the left would be worn more heavily if he had bruised his toe. Thoughts please?