Would this be "cruel" of me?
My gelding, whom I bought almost a year ago for $2500 was diagnosed with severe navicular in the spring. He can still be ridden but is on Cosequin, previcox, and 60 isox a day. Plus, backwards shoes.
When I first got him I pulled his shoes all winter and he was okay. He was ridden maybe once all winter and he was fine. But in the spring when I wanted to start riding more he came up lame. That's when his previous owner told me he needed his shoes. -_-
Needless to say he's pasture sound while barefoot but if I wanted to ride he needs shoes and on top of the navicular.
I recently got a lease to own which I wasn't expecting to get. My gelding with his conditions cannot do what I want riding wise so has been a pet aside from a few rides here an there.
Would it be cruel of me to pull his shoes and see how it goes? He obviously won't be ridden without them but I'm hoping to save maybe alittle bit of money if he doesn't absolutely need the shoes since he won't be ridden. Of corse, if it turns out he needs them that bad I don't mind. But if he can be pasture sound barefoot is much rather prefer that then putting $100 pairs of shoes on him every 6 weeks.
Any help would be great. Thank you.
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