ASK, ASK, AND ASK AGAIN!!! your farrier should be easily reached by phone if you trust and like him then ask what he thinks is best for your horse. Also, I do not know about you but my mare over reaches really bad and bruises her heals very easy, what I have learned that helps is to keep those rubber bell boots on her 24/7 while she is in the pasture and I always were bell boots while riding her. She no longer comes up lame now so maybe see if there is something you can keep on your horse to prevent bruising.
I would ask him but I can't seem to get hold of him right now, he's one of the only farriers around here and he's the most popular so he can be hard to get hold of at this time of year, so that's why I asked on here :)
Mitch does that every now and again, I only noticed it when I suddenly started hearing "clicking" noises while leading him etc, so I might look into that, only problem with that is he is master houdini at getting out of bandages... Duct tape? No problem for Mitch..
Well i'm sure it won't do any harm to try it and see how it goes :)
Darn.. Just when I thought we had it sussed(for now), I go out there this morning and Hello Mitch... No Hoof bandage
he had been galloping around the paddock so much he had ripped the bottom out of the hoof bandage and then kept going and pushed mud right up through it and plugged his hoof up with mud... AAAAAH!
*tears hair out*
So I sat down and got out the trusty Iodine, and cleaned his entire hoof out with iodine and a sponge, then put another poultice on it (he shouldn't need one by now but seeing as he's done that) and I ended up putting a tyre inner tube over his hoof so hopefully he can't rip the bottom out of that, and I taped it up... But don't worry, it's not too tight!
The other problem now is (and I really
hope that its from racing around the paddock) but he is now lame in the same leg as the abcess is in.. and it's swollen... Great, just what I needed. No heat though, yet anyway. But it's obviously sore, he's limping... AAAAH!