So I took my horse on "vacation" with me to my friends ranch up in Sonoita, Arizona (we live in Phoenix) for the Labor Day weekend. We left Friday and stayed until Monday. Figures that when I went to ride him on Saturday his left front shoe was almost off. I asked my mom if riding him would be okay, as it was pretty secure around most of it, and she said that since we were riding in a non-rocky pasture it would be fine. After I rode him his shoe came of, and the poor boy was sore, understandably. Inconveniently, the farrier was just out 4 days earlier to put on one of his back shoes that he had thrown in the trailer last week!
My friend's dad gave us an Easy Boot to use, and it seemed like it only made things worse. He became very sore and extremely lame. We thought for a little bit that he was foundering as the grass there was extremely lush, but it was odd because he had barely eaten anything. We iced his foot and basically elimanted all of the heat coming from the hoof. We called our farrier and explained the situation, and she said it definitely wasn't founder- phew.
Still, he was crazy lame. So for the remainder of the vacation, he was stuck in a stall the whole time, poor boy. The farrier came out this morning and said he has a nasty stone bruise, as well as advanced white line disease. Woohoo. His foot is packed and he can't even leave his stall to go to the pasture for 3 weeks. She put a shoe on backwards to keep pressure off of his toe. He will certainly be given lots of love.
I was wondering if there are any fun things to do for 3 weeks since he can't be ridden. I'm planning on doing some more clicker training, and would love to teach him a few tricks, but have no idea how. Any ideas?