Here's the deal, my gelding had hoof issues prior to me buying him. They are finally getting corrected with custom shoes. These shoes stuck out wider than his heel to offer support while pulling his heel out. So he wears bell boots 24/7 to help deter him from pulling a shoe. When not riding he wears cheap velcro rubber ones that I don't care if he tears up. The paddocks have gone from solid snow to now sloshy mud. While picking his hooves tonight I removed the boots to see how his hooves are growing out(he has a stress ring from just before we got him) I noticed his coronet band is swollen and puffy as well as about 1/2 inch from his hoof is hairless.
He isn't tender, I couldn't feel a pulse he has no problems walking.
What could this be? Am I freaking out over nothing? Could it be from the bell boots holding mud on his skin? I took his bell boots off because I'm worried they are doing more harm than good. The farrier is due to trim the mare I'm working with this weekend but I think I'm going to call him out Wednesday to do her as well as look at my gelding.
I don't have any pictures unfortunately :/ the soonest I can get some is Monday. Has anyone had this issue? Should I have him kept inside?
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