So I have been trimming my horse on my own since ohhh Feb-marchish this year, all was going well - my old trimmer took a look at this feet now and then, gave tips on what to fix, what to work on where... I thought I had it pretty under control, but now I could use your guys' help figuring out wth is happening with Clyde's sole on his front left. I took a ton of photos, but it's really all the same, so I'll attach what I think are the clearest three for now. He went maybe 3 weeks without a trim so I was touching him up tuesday (these pics are from the very start of the trim). I was taking the bar down to define it because no matter what it always seems to grow too fast an lay over on me - well a big chunk came out, and this is what was underneath:
You can see (hopefully) in these that the bar sort of just blends right in with the sole - so I dug a bit, not too much, and bam - weird, light brown, almost laminar material. It was like a layer of rubber, not hard like sole. I was freaked out a bit, and being new to trimming I wasn't sure what to do, so I basically left it like that, didn't dig it out anymore, barely took the heels down. I know my old trimmer tends to leave soles alone to let them work themselves out, but I feel like I maybe should be getting in there, getting all the sole over top of that... stuff, off. I mean you can see theres dirt in there, the sole on top MUST be dead right? His heels must come down, but I'm scare to trim that rubber out. Oh, there was also traces of blood, not sure if you can see, but it was old, so I don't know if that's bruising from me being an idiot and leaving it too long without fixing it, or if this is some sort of abscess-leftovers?
Help me help my horse, I'd be very grateful (as always!)