In the meantime, I'm wondering what might be causing my ten-year-old Thoroughbred-cross gelding's mystery lameness, and how to ease his discomfort until help arrives.
The details: He is barefoot because his hooves tend to crack around horseshoe nails. He has dry hoof walls all around and a developing quarter crack in his right fore; in the past, he has had to have cracks burned to stop them from spreading. We might need to do that again. I'm currently rubbing hoof conditioner into his hoof walls daily.
He also has chronic thrush, which is flaring up at the moment. I use a bleach solution to scrub the thrush out of his feet. And before you ask, yes, the stall is sparkling clean, and yes, I clean his feet several times a day. The thrush has always been a problem, and I'd love any advice for getting rid of it for good.
These factors don't usually make him lame, but I'm assuming they are at least playing a part in his current, mild lameness, which has been going on for about four days now. He is sore and ouchy, not limping dramatically, just reluctant to move, and I've caught him a couple of times resting front feet. There is no heat in his feet, and he does not seem to be in distress. (He's bright-eyed, eating fine, spooking randomly at the box fan as usual, lol.) What can I do to ease his discomfort till I can drag some type of professional out to help us?