I apologize in advance for the lack of photos..
I bought my mare, 4yo ottb, around mid-march and willingly admit to having a huge lapse in judgment and common sense. I saw her only briefly and saw her move on very soft footing and she moved quite well. After a long correspondence with her former owner, I sent someone to get her without ever really having taken a good long hard look at her feet, or vet check for that matter.
She came off the track as a 3 year old and the former owner immediately pulled her shoes and then turned her out for 9 months with little to no proper hoof care. Obviously, a horrible idea.
When I got her, her hooves had been trimmed but were in awful shape. Very, very short with a pretty good flare on one and NO heels. Very typical tb feet with super thin walls and soles. As to be expected she moved pretty hesitantly and was very ouch if she stepped on anything rocky.
I immediatelynhad my farrier out and for his first two visits he put a light racing plate on her because he didn't think he could get anything else on her. She immediately was moving better but not great and still had very sensitive soles.
We graduated to a thicker, heavier shoe 12 weeks ago to get her heel up off the ground a little more, it's not a wedge however. Since then her movement and soundness has deteriorated.
She moves even more choppy and short strided with no reach at all even at the walk. She's developed. Lot of knee action and her canter just looks painful and heavy. She started looking sore behind also and was almost stabbing with her left hind. She also drops her head and tucks it in when it seems she is really sore, which is pretty constant now.
I called the vet out and she diagnosed her with a good deal of toe and heel pain and recommended bar shoes, pads and hind shoes.
Yesterday I had the farrier out. He didn't think he could get back shoes on her because she still didn't have enough hoof behind. No big deal, the vet was far more concerned with her fronts anyways and the back shoes were an after thought.
He didn't want to do bar shoes either. He thought she would pull them and any questions I raised or mention I made of what the vet said he just disregarded.
He said shed grown a decent amount of foot and said several times he wasn't
Sure how she could be foot sore.
So he put the same shoes she's had back on her and did a pour in pad (equi pak). So basically he would only do 1 of 3 things the vet said to do and found no reason for her to be foot sore.
Today I stuck her on a lunge line because I was curious as to how she's moving now (I hadn't done so since the vet was out a week and a half prior). Well..she was moving as bad as ever with possibly even a little more knee now.
Should I give her sometime to adjust to the new pads before jumping to any conclusions? I really would have loved to have gotten bar shoes on her but there was really no arguing with the farrier. I had talked to him several times before he came out and he was dead set against it.
There was bruising on her heels when the vet looked at her, but should I be concerned that something else is going on? Should I insist on the bar shoes? I'm notnsure where to go from her if she doesn't improve.
It's just frustrating I've had her for four months now and have barely been able to do anything with her. She's a very cute and well put together mare..im really kicking myself for not taking a better look at her feet!