We have just recently purchased a 16.2HH AQHA. He arrived home yesterday morning and upon walking off the trailer (his first trailer ride) appeared quite sweaty, but otherwise healthy and sound. After he was brought into the paddock (gravel/dirt) the now previous owner showed us a possible small poke hole in the bottom of his hoove and mentioned that he was a bit 'off' on the front left beginning on Monday (it is now Thursday, the day he arrived) and as he could not get a hold of his farrier he himself trimmed the horses hoove (taking way too much off). He said he was noticeably better on Wednesday after lunging a bit and observing his gait. We took him into the arena, lunged him and noticed that he was a tad bit off, but nothing looked too serious. Now the horse has never been on gravel before, just pasture (he is not overweight), and upon later inspection he had begun to pack the front right leg.
The vet was called up and hoof tested both hooves, the front left was sore, but the right front was not. Upon using a nerve block the front right is obviously lame. There was an increased fetlock pulse in both legs, more so in the left leg. The hooves are not hot to the touch. The front hooves have very obviously been trimmed much too short, he is now walking on the pads of his feet. We were told to give bute for five days, put him on softer ground, and use either easyboots or industrial foam until we can get a hold of the farrier to discuss options.
Now today he was put on pasture (softer ground) which is what he has always been on and he seems quite a bit better out there. He was even running around like a goof for a bit. Now he has been quite traumatized by this whole event as he has never been anywhere but his barn for the past six years. He is noticeably more comfortable on the softer ground and is very sore while in his paddock (gravel/sand).
I would love to hear any suggestions or previous experiences with this type of thing.
Thanks for reading:)