There's something going on with this horse's legs and hooves I think, which is why it is shod.
Looks like has foundered in past possibly, and seeing a blow out possibly also high on one hoof by coronet band?
And some tension along the cannons and pasterns with distended veining it looks like?
Also either windpuffs maybe?
Too many pictures to go through again, but I didn't like the looks of the legs or the condition of hooves, they are almost flaky looking in a couple of pictures by coronet band, seem dry and would make me wonder about the beginnings of ringbone in one?
OP. I agree with others about this is not your horse and you need to back off. And for another thought, if you manage to push owner into pulling shoes off and horse goes lame and can no longer be ridden at all? They will not say it was their idea to pull shoes, but that you badgered them or worse that you lied and they didn't know shoes had been pulled, and you could be sued for the loss of their horse's usefulness.
That happens more than you know. And even if horse might not be ruined? The costs to vet one could run into thousands of dollars.
If you are toting all of the costs on a horse save for 35 dollars? Then it is apparent that you could afford a horse of your own, where you can make the decisions all by yourself.
You should not have taken horse that had shoes if you are so anti shoe.
And not all horses can go barefoot either. I am betting this horse is one of those.
Tossing this in too, asking for review of a farrier used by owner will result in anyone looking for him by Googling name, coming up with this thread, and showing it to both him and the owner.
Might also add to OP. Just how many places have you posted about this lease horse and Brian Rusnak? Apparently quite a few from what I am seeing. Several of us, if not most of us are on different forums.
So what is the deal, you didn't get advice telling you to go ahead and do what YOU think is best? You just keep trolling around trying to find other opinions that match yours?
If I was the owner, or Brian and I saw all of this? Your head would be spinning like a spool on a spindle right now. And the horse would be out of your control.
Horses make me a better person.
Last edited by Palomine; 08-06-2013 at 08:16 PM.