So just earlier this year I bought a horse who had shoes on his front feet. Since I prefer my horses to be barefoot, I pretty quickly pulled his shoes so he could start adjusting to being without them. So he got pretty sore..I worked with a very highly recommended (and very expensive) farrier and we set him up with some hoof boots so that he could be weaned off of them slowly and allow his hooves to harden.
That's all well and good.
But this farrier was way too overpriced..and we didn't like him as much as our normal farrier (well, kind of our normal farrier, that situation has been complicated but that's another story) so we went back.
The important part:
Today, Kainne saw our preferred farrier for the first time, and he says that he has laminitis in his front feet. (well that explains the shoes. Too bad the previous owner "forgot" about that bit of information...)
That was a bit of a shock.
Unfortunately, I only know very little about laminitis and am trying to learn more as quickly as possible so that I can do all I can for him.
We'll be calling the vet tomorrow and asking a few questions and having him come out, but it takes him awhile to come out.
So basically, what should I know about it? What things should I be doing? What things shouldn't I be doing?
Right now he's out in his stall wearing his easyboots. He's been pretty sensitive for awhile since we pulled the shoes, but they really help keep him from being sore. He moves totally fine in them and shows no visible signs of discomfort as long as he's wearing the boots.
Should I go ahead and put the shoes back on? Or should I continue trying to adjust him to barefoot? Some of the things I read said that laminitic horses could benefit from being barefoot..but I really don't know enough about it yet to make that decision.
Any help you can give is very much appreciated.
Thank you for your time,