So today I had the vet out to give Moose a wellness check and give him his rabies shot. I don't know any of his previous history mind you beside the fact that he came from Pennsylvania at and auction, went to another auction in New Jersey, and ended up here in New York.
So the vet was looking over his legs and he has a pulse-in all of them. He is only 6 so he shouldn't have a pulse in his legs. She said she suspects that his feet were neglected for a very, very long time and when the guy got his feet done before I bought him they trimmed off way too much which is causing him to be sore on all of his feet. His front feet look like pancakes and I assumed they were neglected at some point already judging from the butchered farrier job that was done before I got him.
Does this seem like he could just be sore? I mean the vet didnt tell me not to ride or anything. All she said was have the farrier come by regularly and give him a trim, he may need shoes as well, but that's all she really said. I've ridden him the last three days and we walked, trotted, and cantered (not long) as well as trotted the barrel pattern and he is extremely heavy on his feet (but I figured its from his crappy farrier job) he doesnt seem extremely ouchy or sore footed when riding. And he never comes up lame at all which is the weirder thing.
Im hoping its really how his feet were maintained in the past and im praying he's not abcessing or going lame. Im hoping with regular farrier work they will be able to fix this but What does this sound like to you guys? I can get pics if needed.