My gelding's hooves. Navicular? Founder? Thrush...LONG story
I got my horse 2 months ago. Before we got him, he was said to have navicular, and by navicular, I mean he got overweight (no exercise and was fed too much grain), became a bit lame, and then a single xray showed slight signs of navicular change (or so i'm told - the previous owner is "debating" on whether or not she wants me to see the xrays) - so they immediately put wedge shoes on and never did anything else about it, just left wedge shoes on for years. He also had neglected teeth and after I got those fixed, he gained a lot of weight and started limping again. I had a farrier come out, take the wedge shoes off, give him a trim, and I cut back on the grain. He has slimmed down some and his limping is almost gone. He is still very careful on pavement and is also recovering from thrush (WEEKS of rain did a number on him). Also, he went from no supplements to some hoof supplement. I am going to get a new set of xrays done and am hoping to get the old ones to compare. But for now, I was wondering what you all thought of these pictures? This is 2 weeks after his trim and shoe removal. The soles are flaking, but is that just shedding the weakened hoof?