Originally Posted by kevinshorses
Certified by who?
Lol. I love your posts.
Personally, I think any farrier that is entirely adverse to shoeing or not shoeing a horse is a poor farrier.
Anyways, yeah I wouldn't be taking a saddle anywhere near that horse. He is going to need months of serious rehab and even then a total vet evaluation to determine if he can ever be ridden again.
I imagine he is showing at least a grade 1 lameness and would fail a flexion test. I doubt a vet would even administer a flexion test at this point...
Get a vet and a farrier out to your place at the same time, or if there is a rehab center or vet clinic near you, they usually have very skilled correctional farriers who can make the decision whether to correct the issue barefoot or with shoes and at least one vet on site. Get a solid opinion from professionals who can evaluate your horse in person and go from there.
Horses have amazing healing powers, but this is going to take a lot of time to fix.