I'm new here, I actually signed up just because I'm so desperately searching for answers that I decided to post here and see if anyone had any tips. I ride a horse, Bubba, who is not mine but might as well be. His owner lives very far away, pays for his feed and board but hardly rides. He's not uncaring, he just doesn't know much... Anyway, I'm in love with this boy, have been since the second I met him. He's an 8yo massive 16+hh paint ex reining horse, super smart and driven but like an ADHD child in a horse's body. We have been doing so well with training, he has completely blossomed. I had been working with him on trail until he began throwing shoes every other week. His hooves were getting so short I decided to just let him go barefoot so that his hooves could grow out and only ride him in the soft arena until I could find a solution, but the problem has only gotten worse. Now, he is lame and his hooves are cracked pretty badly. His owner says he can't go barefoot or else he instantly goes lame.
Now, because this isn't my horse I really don't have a say in who his vet and farrier are. I know this problem may be just a bit out of the ranch farrier's expertise but she is a family friend and...well, that's just not going to end well so before I go blaming her skills, I'm searching for another solution. I've bought a biotin supplement plus some flaxsnax with biotin and I'm going to start treating his hooves with a topical hoof treatment as much as I possibly can. But the biotin stuff is currently en route in the mail.
Is there anything specific I should try, any wonder treatment or product? The poor guy is limping so badly that I can't exercise him so we have been doing trick training (no riding or much walking) so he will have some form of stimulation, but I can tell he needs more. He's incredibly high energy and he needs exercise! I'm just at a complete loss. I'm pretty advanced in my riding and training abilities, however I know only the basics, hardly even that, about hoof care. Usually, I tell my clients when there's a problem and the vet and/or farrier work it out but that's not possible in this situation since the owner knows like...nothing aside from how to stay on, and that his horse needs to eat every day.
If you guys have any tips please send them my way. I'll take anything I can get.
Thanks, and thanks from Bubba too :)