Hi all, I'm new to the board and I'm just looking for opinions on what to do and where to go on one of my horses.
I am really quite frustrated at the moment so this is also a bit of a vent with a lot of information to absorb.
I have had a farrier for this past year who went to school at a very well known school.
Back in June/July of 2010 he started trimming my horses. My Paint (19 y/o) came up very lame. I took my horse to my regular vet (another long story) and he thought he pulled a muscle.
He stayed confined for 8 weeks in a 40x40 turnout. He got better, but he has not been 100% and he keeps weight off that one right hind.
After digging and digging on the internet about why my horses foot looked so funky- I thought I saw what was a sheared heel. Upon speaking with several farriers/trimmers through pictures - its much worse than that.
My horses hoof wall is torqued to the right and is taking his bar and heel bulb with it.
I have taken him to the vets and had a complete lameness exam done on him with xrays and this is all due to to his lateral wall being to high.....Hence his loading is all going onto the medial of his foot and torquing it.
The origional vet lied to me (claimed my horse has bersitis) and the new vets have no idea on how to correct this problem. His hock is swollen and sore. I did xrays on both his foot and hock. As of right now his hock looks ok.
I have tried to contact this farrier, but he is gone until Friday. I am so upset about this and I had asked this farrier over and over again why it looked like that, and he would never answer me.
Would it be wrong to ask for compensation for both the vet charges and the amount I have paid this farrier over the past year or so?
All my information has been sent to Michigan State to have it all re-evaluated by several vets, so I know that my information is 100% accurate before I embark on trying to get compensated