I recieved my horse about 2 months ago, and he is recovering from a fractured coffin bone. The bone was fractured on the wing and I don't really know much about it, other than he has a bar shoe on and the trainer, farrier and vet where he came from wanted it on for about 1 year. They said no riding him aswell. I have rode him a few times, bareback and at a really slow walk on really even ground just so he can get a little excersize. We are going slower pace than what I would hand walk him at, so I figure its OK and I only weigh 100lb so theres not much extra wight on him. I have had the shoe reset since I have had him and he's due in 2 weeks again, he only gets his hooves done on a 10 week schedual since his feet grow really slow. When I had the farrier out, we also had the vet sedate him. The vet was saying that the bone should have been healed in about 6 weeks and there is no reason to have him off for 1 year. He said since he is young it should heal very quick(hes 5-6).
Has any one had to deal with this kind of injury ever. The vet where he came from said it was quit common in race horses when running on firm ground. The farrier and vet figure they will only reset it once more and then it will come off, and im just nervous for when that time comes. He doesnt look like he's lame in the least bit with the shoe on. Also the first time the farriers came out we didnt have sedation and they got the shoe off but couldnt put it back on till the vet came out 5 days later. He rested that foot more than usual. Since he is my first horse I was really worried. Could he have been resting it just because it was untrimmed and uneven, the it was sensitive without a shoe, or that the injury still bothers him. While it was off he still didnt look lame either, but if its a minor lameness it hard for me to tell.