So my horse in the last month and a half has had this strange, horn like... I don't know. Circle. On his front right hoof (see pictures). Last time my trimmer was out, she said she was going to leave it, and let it "protect whatever it is it's protecting". But it's been a month now, he's due for a trim this weekend, I feel there's no point leaving this on anymore, especially since when you go to pick his foot now, he pulls it away immediately so it must be sore. He isn't limping at all, and is lunging/riding fine though I only lunge for about 10 min and ride for about 30 in this cold. What are your experienced eyes looking at here, do you figure? An abscess? Bizarrely overgrown monster bar?
Overall lately I'm not 100% impressed with the trims he gets and am about ready to start doing it myself - god knows I've studied enough, but his being draft feet there isn't a ton of draft specific info out there. So the other question I had were about his frogs - are they stretched forward (like his toe is) ? Or do drafts tend to have long frogs? His basically never get trimmed/cleaned up, and I think I'm going to start doing that to try to back it up a bit.
All thoughts and ideas welcome on his hooves, this is the same horse as this one Clyde's Hooves - Before and Afters! if that helps anything.
Here is the real problem hoof, front right. See the big horny bulge (haha) on the top side:
Compare that to his front left:
And just for added opinion gathering, his side and front shots: