Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: In Sunny, HOT and HUMID S.C.
I wasn't going to comment, because loosie as pretty much covered every base with the information given. Always tough to "trouble shoot" a problem via phone, email, or posts.
But I do cringe when I have people tell me their horse if faking pain. While a horse is a bit like a teenage child, they don't "think" in that way. Horses can learn to behave in a way to manipulate something they want, (e.g. my mare will start doing things things on her own without being told to because she thinks by doing them she'll get a treat), but it doesn't envolve "faking" pain. If they're not in pain they are not going to pretend to be. In 44 years I've never seen a horse that had perfectly healthy feet or a back that wasn't sore the day before suddenly pretend that they hurt.
I can understand how people think horses fake it. It's easy to not see something if it's not jumping out at us and so we give the horse more complex "human" thought processes. People often do that with many animals.
Oh, the dog stories are worse than the horse ones, but that's beyond the scope of this site.
And for what it's worth...I whole heartedly agree that shoeing an unhealthy foot is not something I would recommend. It can add "insult to injury". But not my horse, so not my call.