I noticed my mini was sore on his front feet, around a month ago. Shortly after, my farrier came to trim everyone's hooves. When he started trimming the mini, he noticed a foul smell but couldn't see anything so he guessed that there might be some abscesses inside the hooves. He said the weather was causing more abscesses than normal in horses around here. I can't remember what that was. After the trim, which he stood fine for, we had the mini walk around. The farrier then decided that he should be kept off grass for a couple of weeks because it could be the start of laminitis. He said the hoof walls look like they might be starting to separate.
For the most part, I kept him off grass for a few weeks but I was never fully convinced that it was laminitis. I'm no expert but it just seemed strange because the grass wasn't very long or rich right then and he had lost a ton of weight in the last year.
Anyhoo, he's been back out for a week and doesn't look sore at all...not even when he's walking on concrete. I decided to pick out his hooves today and this is what I found (front feet).
As you can guess, it smells pretty bad. My husband and I cut off all the loose dead stuff, cleaned them, and sprayed them with hydrogen peroxide.
My questions is...do you think it was ever laminitis or do you think it was just a deep fungus infection that's growing out now? He doesn't seem sore today