My horse is barefoot, and has been for the year I've owned him and we've never had an issue with it. His trim isn't perfect, his toes are still a little long and heels underun, but I've been doing a lot of reading up and trying to work on it with my farrier.
Couple weeks ago I posted a critique thread just to see how I'm doing, for the most part you guys said what I've seen, long toes and heels needing work still...and you pointed out my farrier is right handed and doesn't balance perfectly (lol I still am amazed that you guys could tell that!). But also said his feet looked strong and healthy.. Wellllll, two Sundays ago, I rode, and he was AWESOME! Couldn't feel a thing off in his steps. Then Monday I got on, did his warm up at the walk and everything seemed fine, asked for a trot..and immediately felt it wasn't right. So I stayed on a few more minutes trying to feel it out where its coming from. I decided it felt like it was from his back right. So I got off, and I couldn't really find anything wrong so I decided to give him the week off...thought maybe he rolled funny who knows.
Well after that week, I put him on the lunge and he was still off, not as bad, but it was there. So I called the vet. They made it out today, week and a half has passed now. He was still slightly off on the right hind. Vet checked him over, and used the hoof testers. Said his toe was sore and his heels were really low and sore, and toe bruised. She said I need to put shoes on him...She wouldn't give me any other alternatives, just shoes. I normally ride him in easy boot gloves, but likeeee a month ago he ripped a gator on his back one so I hadn't been using the back boots...we did go on a trail ride without the back boots...so maybe it started there? Is shoeing really my only option? I can afford it if it really is what he needs but I just feel like my farrier would of said something if his hooves were that bad that he needed shoes to be sound?
This is my thread with the pics, I linked it to the 2nd page where I got better pics posted.
I called my farrier but had to leave a message, I'm interested to see what he says. I feel like I should have more options...am I wrong?