Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots View Post
I've had 3 different farriers work on him and all say he has really nice feet. But that doesn't explain to me why he can't go without shoes.
I only have what you have told here, but sounds pretty plain to me. You said he has had serious thrush, you said he had been shod when you got him(any idea how long/well/why?), you said he had some 'rotation', you suspected & now say he foundered. That should all explain pretty well actually... and illustrate that the farriers who have told you his feet are great maybe kinda, possibly... don't really know what they're on about??
But aside from the obvious known issues, even if he had A1 feet, but had been shod long term &/or never been on hard/rough ground bare, well, the easiest way I can think of getting it across to you is to ask how you'd go barefoot on a gravel road if you were only used to doing so on shagpile.
I think the best bet is that you learn all you can about hoofcare & management as it relates to hoof health. Hopefully the thread link in my signature will help you get a good start.
It was more of a transition so he wasn't just 100% sound right after he got shoes. He was getting use to them again.
I appreciate you were likely told that by some professional, but no, horses don't need to 'get used to shoes' like that & if he was uncomfortable with them, something's wrong. Eg if a farrier tells you not to ride or expect an uncomfortable horse immediately after shoeing, run a mile! While there are reasons for horses being sore after a trim/shoe not related to farrier error, you don't want to go expecting & accepting it. Obviously being laminitic is wrong & this could be the entire reason - not good to put shoes on a laminitic horse IMO. Whatever, I'd want to address it pronto, not leave him uncomfortable for days, let alone weeks. I'd have at least had the farrier out the next day to remove shoes. Sounds like padding would be prudent too.
He's turned out 24/7 and comes inside 2x a day to eat. He's on a very very grazed down pasture and is muzzled from 8am-4pm.
Obviously having little info I don't know the cause of the laminitis, so how sensitive he may be to these factors, but grass gains sugars with photosynthesis, using them up to grow over night. Therefore the safest time(generally, there are exceptions) to graze is in the early morning. ALSO stressed grasses, such as overgrazed, drought affected, etc tends to retain & have far higher sugar content than healthy grass.
I would also look into Magnesium4Horses & consider feeding him extra. It sounds possible it's arthritis or such, not directly his feet, but from what you've told, I'd say his hoof issues are a likely cause & need addressing, so if you would like any specific advice on them, pics would be good. Hope all of that is some help! Cheers!