Ok...so my "regular" farrier does a lot of business and is pretty busy most times. With all this warm weather my horse went through what I guess you'd call a growth spurt with his hoofs. They were flared a bit and needing a trim. The horse is barefoot. My mom mentions it to me in passing (horses are on my mother's property) and I tell her I am calling the farrier ASAP but not sure when he will get out exactly to trim up the horses. I only meant that I did not know an exact date at the time. My mother apparently took it as the farrier was not going to be out for a while. She says she was concerned about the horses' hoofs being too long. They had been trimmed about 5 wks ago (so yeah it was time for a trim but not any major flares or problems) and neither was limping or anything of the sort.
She had her BF trim my horse. They know next to nothing about horses and just went by what they thought looked right. He trimmed my horse WAY TOO short in the front. I got to find out about this when I showed up to feed/care for the horses and my horse is limping on his front half. Sorry about not having pics......but I don't think they were cut much, if any, into any of the sole....it just looks like they threw him off balance and left little to no hoof wall for him to walk with. He may be walking on sole. I feel so awful for my poor horse and so freakin' pissed off at mom and her BF. I gave him some BUTE and am calling his farrier to see if he can come out today instead of when I made the appointment for.
Anyone have any suggestions on what I can do to make my horse comfortable until the farrier gets here? The horse is on pasture right now with access to the barn with stalls. Also, what should I be expecting as far as hoofs being short? Never dealt with this. Are we looking at boots, shoes, or what? I know it is hard to tell with no pics (sorry)....but any insight will be helpful.