In the past couple of months, my gelding has what appears to be abscesses starting at the coronary band. Easy diagnosis? Not really, he has not been off a step, has shown NO pain (not even slight), and no pus.
I called the farrier out this past week because he had two new ones forming and the farrier is stumped. My farrier is a barefoot trimmer who looked through all his references and can not find any information about horizontal abscess-like cracks at the coronary band. He used his hoof testers and found no pain anywhere. In fact, Fella was falling asleep. He is a rather stoic horse, but he has let me know previously of an abscess and was quite wimpy about it.
My next step is to have the vet do digital x-rays of what is happening inside...maybe it is something not seen on the outside.
Has anyone ever seen this before? How do his angles and heels appear (feet are one of my weak areas)? Could it be a deficiency in something or too much of something else? I don't know what to expect!