Thank you Kimmy. My horse went barefoot for a hot minute after excessive moisture cause his hoof walls to become to soft. He just couldn't do it. He tip toed everywhere, was ginger in and out of the stall. Barefeet just did not work for him. And it works for many.
When we went through a bad stint with his feet, I did have a vet check him out, did x-rays, the whole nine and he was on FoundationII for about 9 months. The Vetriscience Foundation did really well. It took a long time, and was very expensive being FDA monitored, but it was worth the money.
@Bntnail - you quoted me up there with "Stuff deleted." Whats that? Did something get removed? Lol. Im confused! But yes! Stepped off! That is a way better way to describe whats happening! I guess I say sucked off because when it happens it makes me think of how when I walk in the pasture, I step out of my wellies with each stride. I can totally see in my head what you are describing.
Unfortunately, my TB just has typical TB crap feet. Someone said something about him being "shod unremittingly." I'm not sure what that means exactly. But I have had him for almost 5 years and he gets reset every 6 - 7 weeks in the winter, 5 -6 in the summer. If that has anything to do with the phrase.
My farrier suggested an Easy Boot. Any opinions on those? In my head, I don't see them staying on either. But I haven't done the googling on them yet.
I used to have a TB like this. Drove me nuts, so I know where you are coming from. Anyway, Tuff stuff EVERY TIME the shoes get reset helps a lot, IMO. On dry hooves. I especially make sure I get the nails.
Your guy not being able to go barefoot may have a lot to do with HOW the shoes are being removed to try it. I had tried and tried with one of my guys, and finally it was suggested that I actually let the "grow off" of sorts. Let the feet grow until the show is almost ready to fall off, then gently pull it (if you can get them to stay on that long) and just file a bit and roll the toe. Do not do a trim. Worked for my guy.
I will also say, that at this point it really makes no matter what you do, you are caught is a viscious cycle of sorts. Regardless of what you do, your horse will be sore for a time and you should probably use boots to ride. If you leave the horse shod, he will continue to pull them, rip up his feet and make the situation worse. This is why, IMO, it may be time to "bite the bullet" and not reshoe when they come off. File the foot, boot it to ride and expect that the horse is going to be sore for a period of time. Yeah, he may get some bruises, perhaps even an abscess. Use the products recommended above to toughen the foot and go with it. BE PATIENT!
If you insist in keeping this horse shod, try the Tuff stuff and get some good bell boots for turn out. That is your best hope, I think.
Just curious-any chance Northern Dancer is in your horses lineage?