Originally Posted by Calming Melody View Post
...he doesn't have an infection , no swelling , heat , or lameness.
I was thinking hoof wall infection - aka seedy toe or white line disease, which doesn't cause heat, swelling or, unless quite bad, lameness. But it can eat away at the horn material quicker than it can grow if not treated effectively.
I can't ride him anywhere but pasture right now until he can get shoes on , and the farrier said until we get the cracks and everything out and his hooves harden up the shoes won't hold.
Good - not that you can't ride, but that the farrier recommends keeping shoes off him until his feet are healthy at least. I agree, but not just because shoes 'won't hold'. There are such things as hoof boots these days, which are a much better alternative to conventional rims in most cases, and which actually protect the hoof without the peripheral wall loading that can do further damage. Look up www.easycare
I just don't understand why my other 2 have nice hooves and he doesn't , and I got him and another one from the same lady and only he has this problem. He is just on pasture and no grain or anything because he is already a chunky monkey !
Just as 2 people can be exposed to the same thing & not suffer the same effects, horses are also individual, with different metabolisms, sensitivities, genes... It could be that him being a 'chunky monkey' is the root of the issue - look up 'sub clinical laminitis' & insulin resistance / equine metabolic syndrome.