Clearing up a few details:
Apparently, he was taking missteps here and there when trotting....not totally limping about. He was not dead lame at that point, and still able to be ridden.....well, that is until the BO put him in the small, rocky paddock with barbed wire fencing....but that is another story. There were sharp jagged rocks in this small paddock he shared with two other horses....suddenly he came up lame, not just missteps while trotting out. Complained to BO about size and condition of paddock, he refused to move him. Because the indoor was also rocks, not sand or gravel, we didn't ride him in there. Actually, when the snows came, he did better....as it covered some of the rocks in his paddock...but not all. Some jutted out of the ground and were quite sharp.
It was the farriers opinion that the paddock conditions, while not bothering the other two horses that we know of
, were bothering him because they were shod while he had recently had his pulled.
His shoes were pulled in February, he was put into the rocky paddock about 2 weeks later, and after the april rains came....he was moved to an actual field without rocks and by the time we moved him in late May, he was perfectly normal.
So, no he did not limp about for months. Originally, after the shoe removal he was rideable, but was taking missteps here and there and not with the same leg and not in any particular pattern. The indoor was rocks (not gravel or crushed stone, rocks. Of various sizes] for some reason and the farrier said he seemed to be taking missteps due to that. After being put in the small rocky paddock though, he seemed to get worse for a time, not to mention cutting himself on the barbed wire
This was almost two years ago, and in that time, our boy hasn't been lame or even gimpy once. And if anyone has seen my videos of him running, you all know, he's feeling fine and happy to be barefoot.
Also FYI, after moving him we had to get another farrier as we were very far away and this farrier also pronounced our OTTBs hooves as amazing and even extraordinary. The hooves never seemed to be the problem, rather the timing of the shoe removal and the horrible conditions at this facility. I don't know how the other horses were affected, if at all.....they were all trail horses and were all shod. Suppose that made a difference
In their ability to do well on the rocks.....who knows.
the farrier did say, however, that transitioning from shod to barefoot can take months and even up to a year in some horses, as tsaraph just mentioned above. Lucky for us, moving him to another facility and him having fantastic hooves made the transition easier for him.....he was completely sound within four months...and has stayed that way for the last two years.....
Just wanted to add some details to clear up some misconceptions.