Yes, normal for ergots & chestnuts to come off periodically.
Yes, bevelling those long toes could/should have been done IMO, but apart from that, as a rule, I believe it's a good move to do little trimming to a hoof newly deshod. I'd give it a week or few. But the backs... why couldn't he do them?
Re abscesses & smelly feet, I imagine that they'd be thrushy at least & that can smell really rotten, so that may be what you're smelling. Can't comment on that more, hoof bruises, etc without sole pics tho. Does concern me that the hairline on the right fore apparently has a dip at the front tho.
The hind right bugs me the most I think, with that bullnose appearance. I know they're expensive, but I'd be getting xrays done if I were you, at least of the 2 right feet which appear worst. If you do, get the vet to mark the dorsal wall, dorsal hairline and apex of frog at least. It's also helpful if rads are done with the horse standing on a board with nails in, evenly spaced, so you can make accurate measurements.
Last edited by loosie; 04-04-2013 at 03:03 AM.