Pickles is a pony my boss (owner of the stable I work at) bought at the auction on Good Friday. She felt bad for him because his feet hurt so bad he was laying down. He was originally in the kill pen, but she wasn't there early enough to buy him so we waited around until the guy who bought him showed up. She ended up getting him for $100.
Since we've brought him to stable, I haven't seen him lay down since. He was actually running around in the indoor arena! Very awkwardly, I might add...
The farrier came out yesterday, and he was surprised he could even walk let alone run. He said he has never seen a horse's feet that bad. He also said it'll probably take about 4 years until he'll walk normally again.
The stable has sand paddocks, and we've been feeding him only grass hay. So it's not a problem keeping him there, but I know some people would think it would be better to put him down. I just don't think he's at that point. Like I've said, I haven't seen him lay down since we've brought him to the stable. He's either been in the indoor or a heavily bedded stall since he's been here. You wouldn't even know he had a problem until you look at his feet. What would you do?
This picture was taken right after he got his feet trimmed. Sorry, it's a little blurry and at a weird angle, it was taken with a phone. Unfortunately, I don't have a before picture. I'll try to take better ones Wednesday, but you get an idea of what his hind feet look like. He pretty much walks on his heels.