Thank you all! I called my farrier in between some classes today and expressed my concern and he said it wasn't gravel, and that he should be ok, he is just not used to going without shoes. He said especially since he is sound all over his pasture and he has the same footing (if not rockier ) in his pasture. He told me to get boots if it would make me feel better but that after watching Drifter move the other day, he doesn't see why he should be so 'ouchy'. He was nice about it, not snarky at all! That was just the basic gist of our conversation ha ha
So I am attaching a picture of the road I am walking him on. And maybe its not gravel? But I have always called these kinds of roads gravel road...so I don't know. I am going to look into boots because it will give me some peace of mind. He was walking fine on it today when I had to lead him to the vet for some dental work, and the vet said he didn't show any pain response with hoof testers so at least that means he isn't bruising. And the vet was like "let me see him walk" and of course Drifter is just walking happy as you please.
It's like he knows when I finally speak up about a problem, and then he decides it's not a problem anymore. *sigh*
We also had a scary bout with the sedation after getting his teeth floated. He had a minor reaction, but came through it ok. I was incredibly freaked out though. That's never happened.
Heres the road: Gravel? Not Gravel? Still shouldn't be walking on it either way? There are sections of his pasture with this same sort of ground on it.