Hi, for the past month my horse (8 year old TB, barefoot, seriously good doer) has had on and off lameness which is sometimes pretty bad and other times not so bad.
Last week he fell lame and it's really bad, he's limping and finds it hard to walk and he walks really really slowly. We got our farrier out and she said it was the pressure from the ground turning from wet to dry really quicky (it's super unusual to have such dry ground this early into the summer in NZ). She did as much as she could to take the pressure off and she said just to wait and wash with epsom salts everyday. I've been doing that for about a week but there isn't much improvement.
I guess I'm just worried it's something bigger than just the hard ground. His herd has been put on a mass of spring grass because of the fireworks surrounding Guy Fawkes and the only paddock safe away from the houses is huge. Would laminitis be a problem? The farrier should of picked up on that right though? I'm guess I just would like some opinions on where I should go from here?? Should I call the vet out to be safe? Or should I just carry on with what my farrier suggested?
Thanks for any help or advice you can give