I was thinking of teaching him to pony while we ride and we go over all sorts of terrain. Would this be to much?
Certainly! BUT when talking gravel & rough ground, I suspect this horse won't be comfortable on it, so I'd be protecting his feet if/when necessary to allow for *comfortable* exercise. That needs to be considered if you're going to put gravel in his paddock too - Most horses even with very compromised feet, are comfortable on deep 'pea gravel' but if it's sharp, like crushed rock, &/or shallow, it may be very unpleasant, especially for a horse with unhealthy feet.
What I've done, when agisting on someone else's property where I couldn't justify much expense on these sort of things, is to make an edging to their hang out areas with 6" boards(so the gravel doesn't get spread, stays deep) put down a few inches of cheap scoria or such, then fill the rest with the more expensive pea gravel.
OK first sorry for lack of updates. Second sorry for cruddy pictures incoming.
1. Finally found a farrier! Yay! Older gentleman, did race horses forever up north, and retired down south for the climate. A friend uses him on her horses that need alittle extra care and though he is slow I love him too. He took his time and measure out Bass' feet, tested em and took notes! I've never seen a farrier takes notes. Anyway, the crack that was thought to be an abcess was not. He said it was weak wall crack? Said it was something to with how he was on his toes and the weak stuff just gave way. Ended up putting alittle apoxy and a plate on the crack because it was trying to spread.
Fast forward 2 weeks after trim. He came back out to do the other two horses at the barn. . He rechecked Bass while he was there and took off the plate. He liked how to the hoof was growing and I've been taking him on walks more often so he was getting better wear and wasn't so hard core on his toes anymore. He will be back in three weeks to do him again.
2. Nutrition! Started a hoof supplement, and tho I haven't had a chance yet to try FeedXL its on my list of things to do today. Also we walk a lot more. Atleast an hour every three days or so around the neighborhood, school, and park. He is such a good kid, doesn't bat a lash at anything, even screaming children that run away in fear. Apparently his leg is scary =(.