We got a new horse yesterday- an amazing 16 year old QH gelding who has been-there and done-that, and is the perfect guy to really teach my kids the finer points of riding.
However, (is it just me, or with horses- is there always a "however"?. . .) he is chronically unsound because of a bad barbed wire fence accident seven years ago.
He is not head-bobbing,hoof-dragging lame, but there is a definite hitch in his gitalong.
I'm posting pictures of his hoof here, so that anyone with advice or experience with coronet-band hoof injuries can offer input.
He has been shod for riding (pretty much only summers) for the last 7 years. He moved from a damp footing pasture, but will now be on a dry rocky hillside.
He is noticeably better with an easyboot on, but I noticed the strap that holds it against the heel puts a lot of pressure against his heel bulb, which seems tender.
My plan is to have the front shoe pulled off his other forefoot (the shoe had already fallen off of his funky foot a couple months ago), and have a good barefoot trimmer get all his feet shaped and balanced however best to support his injured hoof. Ultimately I'd like to be trimming him myself- I trim my other horses- but I've never really delt with feet like this, so will be working with someone for now.
I will probably have to experiment with different hoofboots to find something that supports his hoof without putting undue pressure on the soft tissues surrounding it.
Umm. . . Sorry for the nove! I'm kind of fascinated by hooves.