08-09-2012, 02:45 AM
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Esp as your farrier has also suggested it, the 'cracked' frogs sound like thrush & if they're obviously tender, it may be quite deep in the central sulcus.
Yes, both treatment and protection may well be necessary. Who knows how long/how much he may need boots or such, as there are so many factors. Many domestic horses do always require protection when they're on overly rough ground or such. Keeping boots on horses 24/7 isn't generally a good move, but luckily is rarely necessary anyway. They're usually comfortably enough on the surface they live on & only acute problems may need boots 24/7 for a time.