Update - Vet visit-HELP!!
I am upset about the vet's advice - here is the situation. The lame horse has VERY flat feet. When I bought him they had him shod and wearing lift pads. He couldn't keep the shoes on. I decided to go barefoot with him, he has been fine for 3 years. I couldn't be there for vet appointment, so my husband was there. He loves the horses, but he isn't all that familiar with the ins and outs of caring for them. I wrote down everything I could think of to explain the situation and what I had been doing - the vet comes out, examines him and says he needs to be shod! He says the horse has a bruise, on the lateral aspect of the hoof??? Is this necessarily a good assessment??? Help! PS - I can't see it - he told my husband it was visible, I'll have to look more closely (if that's possible LOL) he didn't bother to write down which side the bruise was on - Argh, I wish I could have been there.