Guys, this is not intended to be a barefoot or not discussion.
Not sure what "guys" you're writing about but I was never unclear on your questions or intent.
I've been researching the pros and cons for over a year. I'm middle ground on this issue.
Apparently your horse is only willing to share that "middle ground" if it's fairly firm.
I decided to try it.
Fine. You didn't answer my first question. Why was the horse shod on the hinds to begin with?
It's my horse and my choice.
It's a shame that horses don't get more of a choice in such decisions but I don't deny anyone their property rights. As you said, it's your horse, your choice.
Knock me or don't knock me for my decision. I don't give a crap. All I am asking for is help either in interpreting what's happening with my horse since they were pulled.
You asked; I answered; albeit choosing what I thought was a more interesting/educational venue. It was your choice to ignore that response.
Today when I got the barn, he had obviously not moved at all. His hind legs were puffed up which is not uncommon for him. It's reason he is on pasture board and not in a stall. He did not want to move at all.
Maybe researching the "pros and cons for over a year" fell a bit short.
I finally got him moving with a bag of carrots, got him walking on the hard surface until the puffy ankles went down, put hoof boots on his feet and left him to graze for 2 hours at which time he traveled a good distance.
Carrots, hoof boots, hand walking over a hard surface, cattle prod. Hey, whatever blows your hair back.
Below are pics of his feet on day one. Any idea of how long a road I'm looking at with these feet?
Okay, I get it. You win. You're not seeking help for the horse. You're looking for someone to pat you on the back for having the "courage" to take your horse barefoot and to reassure you that it's okay for a horse to live in discomfort while it "transitions" from lame to sound.
Sorry, I don't sell rainbows and I don't trim unicorns. Come back when you're serious about learning why a horse, recently un-shod, might present discomfort while moving over soft versus firm ground.
In the meantime, keep a supply of carrot bait on hand, hope for dry weather and good luck with the hoof boots.
P.S. The hoof boots would probably provide a temporary, partial solution but I'd bet dollars to donut holes that you can't tell me why.