Cinny is lame again. Vet came out yesterday and after flexion tests, a lot of walking and trotting in hand, nerve blocking, and x-rays it was determined that Cinny has soft tissue damage within the hoof yet again. This is the 3rd time in one year. We mostly ride in soft arena and occasionally on trail. Cinny has always been barefoot his whole life and both vet and farrier have never told me he MUST have shoes. And eve yesterday the vet didn't say anything either way, just give him another month of stall rest and see how he does. It is happening in the front feet and has happened in both, but luckily not both at once. No abscesses have ever come up, just what the vet calls a "sprain" in the foot.
Does anyone know of any way to help prevent this? Would shoes help? Pads? I'm willing to do pretty much anything to keep my sweetie from being lame and in pain every few months.
Nutrition info: He is a 900lb APHA and is a very easy keeper. He gets 2 flakes of prairie/brome mix twice a daiy and 1/2 scoop of senior for breakfast and dinner with a scoop for lunch. He is worked at least 4 days a week for 1-2 hours depending on his level of silliness and/or work ethic. We currently school Training level dressage He does not wear boot or wraps as he does not like anything on his feet.
Any advice is much appreciated.