Recently I went to see a horse at a racing barn whom I really liked as a potential project. He has a build I love and seems like a really sweet horse. However, the poor guy was really really footsore on all feet. They said he was injury free, when I looked at and felt his legs they seemed fine. Obviously if I decide to take him home I'll get my vet to come do a prepurchase and check them as well.
His feet looked really short to me. Not badly shaped or anything, just really short and no shoes. When I talked to the agency he's with they said they'd get shoes on him this week and get that barn's vet to clear his legs for jumping before I spend any more taking my coach to see him or getting my own vet to take a look.
Is it possible that a bad trim and going barefoot after having shoes for 4 years made him lame? Could you guys show some pics of how short hoofs have to be to affect their soundness? I'm hoping that he'll be okay with shoes, if I put them on him and let his hoofs grow out for a while would it be possible to have him go barefoot? Could this just be going shoeless? Obviously I'd consult my farrier on how to keep him pain-free but I'm curious as to if anyone else has been in this situation.
I'm sorry I don't have any pics of his hoofs themselves, but you can kinda see them here.