Certified Farriers Please Reply, need help!! *vent*
I just got my geldings trimmed here about a week and a half ago and my one gelding is still dead lame.
I am going to clarify a few things first off..this gelding is my show gelding, he has never been lame, sick or ill in any way and has good sized hard feet ( well did) I have never had any probs with his feet being sore due to trimming and before he was trimmed he was walking across gravel without a wince.
I called my farrier shortly after they were trimmed to let him know that both my geldings are lame and I would like him to come out and have a look to see whats going on and he said " give them a week, if they are still lame I will come out and put shoes on". So, a week passes and I phone him back after no improvements and he comes out and pears out more sole and blames his pen being too soft that he isnt healing/hardening (well obviously). My one gelding seems good to go but my show gelding is not looking so good and its coming two weeks since his trim.
I have a few concerns. My first and most highest concern is the sweat like marks he is leaving on the rubber mat when I have him in the barn...this tells me he has very soft soles and only on the front, his back feet are hard...I am not understanding whats going on because he was fine before he got trimmed?? My other concern is that he is standing like he is foundered sometimes when I tie him (front and back feet stretched out) like he is trying to get the pressure or pain off his toes...? He doesnt always stand like this but he does and im very worried. He was fine before I got him trimmed, I had him trimmed by a different farrier who did an amazing job but couldnt get a hold of him this go around so I got this guy. (big mistake)
I don't give my horses much grain at all (like a cup of grain with flax once or twice a week), he isnt on pasture he is in a pen with my other gelding and yes the ground isnt great but it isnt bad either...I don't hand graze them much either unless they have worked hard I will let them graze for about 10-20 min. I was worried about him foundering but how?? I thought foundered horses only founder from high sugary feeds?? Please clarify!!
I need some help on figuring out whats going on here. I don't want a navic horse!! I can't figure out why his soles are so soft. I have been soaking them in epsom salts to make sure he's not abscessing as he has had them before (last year in the spring he had 6 come out in 3 months) was just shortly after I bought him. His soft soles have happened over the last few weeks and just can't find any answers as to what to do with him. He's getting better very very slowly, seems to walk almost normal on grass but wow is he sore on the front...he was standing with his front left (the one that looks short and sore) further in front of his other one all week last week, since he peared out the sole he is standing with his feet normal and square but stands like he's foundered once in a while when I tie him.
I need some answers or help of any kind. This horse means the world to me and its killing me to see him hurt and not being able to do anything or find answers. Please help!!