Lame for 3.5 months!
This is sort of a long story, sorry! I just really need some advice...
I have a 12-year-old TB gelding whom I've owned since July. He doesn't have a history of problems or anything, and he was in perfect health until January. In January, he was rolling in turn out and cut his cornea. It was a very shallow cut, and should have easily healed on its own, but it turned out he had some sort of eyelid deformity (a small bump whre it should have been smooth) that made it impossible for new cells to heal the ulcer. So he had to go to the hospital and get the eyelid surgically repaired. His recovery from this procedure was about a month- 2 weeks in the hospital and 2 weeks of stall rest at home in the barn. While in the hospital, he wasn't taken out of his stall at all. At home, I hand-walked him every day for about 20 mins (he wasn't allowed to do more than walk). The day he was able to be ridden, I walked him for a very long time, then started to trot. He was fine for a while, but around a corner suddenly became dead lame. My vet said he probably had a hot nail (? Even though he had been shod 2 months before!) and called the farrier to replace the shoes. My horse was still lame. Then the vet said he had an abcess in his LF hoof. We soaked for a week, the vet said he was fine, put the shoes back on, and surprise, surprise, he was still lame. We then went through the same thing again, twice. Soak, vet check, he's fine, shoes go back on. Then, one day, he apparently no longer has an abcess in his LF but in his RF. So back again to soak for a week, vet check, he's fine, and shoes go back on. Once he was actually okay for about 4 days, but then he went lame again. He has been lame on his RF because of an abcess (according to my vet) since then. It has been 3.5 months of lameness from these abcesses. There has been heat in his hooves, and once there was swelling in his leg, so the vet put him on antibiotics. Finally, on Thursday, the vet declared him all better and had the farrier put on these really expensive shoes on his front feet with egg bar shoes and some weird full pad. I took him walking on Friday and he felt very funny. I figured it could be because of the new shoes, so I gave him one more day. Yesterday, he was so lame he didn't even want to walk. The vet came to see him, said he had an abcess in his LF again, and pulled the shoes. Now, apparently, we're back to soaking and bandaging. PLEASE tell me what is wrong with my horse! He hasn't had any punctures that I know of in his hoof and he has been getting barely any turn out because of his lameness issues. The only thing I can think of is that his lameness directly correlates with when the barn I board at started to use sand instead of shavings in the stall. Could this be causing his abcesses? Does my horse even HAVE abcesses, or is my vet just wrong? The vet said he did xrays on Thursday and that my horses didn't have any fractures or have anything lodged in his hoof. I don't understand what could be wrong with my horse, who hadn't had any lameness issues before he came back from the hospital at the end of January. This is ridiculous. Please help me!