Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
He's probably "ouchy" because he's used to having shoes on. The sensitive part of a horse's hoof is not the wall, but the sole. Putting shoes on simply reduces the circulation to the hoof, therefor making the horse's sole less sensitive.
Imagine crossing your legs for awhile until your foot goes numb, and then stand up and walk around. It's going to feel like little needles in your foot.
Also, many horses that have shoes on alot will continue to need them. I personally dont belive what putting holes in the horse's hoof wall is particularly good for them but that's just my OP.
Regardless, i would keep him on grass or firm pasture with no rocks. He needs to be able to walk around and toughen up his feet. This doesn't sound like an issue that will get seriously worse, it will just take time.
I owned a mare that was tender after every trimm but came around after a week or two.
And as the other's said, maybe get another ferrier's advice.
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