Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
• Horses: 0
Retained sole, in those first pictures with the hole?????
You asked what was wrong, what could cause a hole, =well thins soles certainly are a prime suspect, thrush does not invade the sole, creating a hole
My equine vet, now 80, has also been a life long horseman, starting his own running AQHA horses, and TBs, well into his seventies.
He has, also, at the same time, studied latest hoof research, does re rehabilitative trimming himself, and I see him at all the equine seminars, keeping up on latest research, while many of the other local vets, much younger then him, are never seen there
Why bother posting this info? Because time spent in a field, alone does not create expertise, but time spent along with continued education does
You only have to visit the average general Practitioner (Doctor) quite a few years out of med school, who has gotten so busy in his practice, he never bothers to update himself with any latest research, to be aware of this fact, if at all knowledgeable about the medical field
Not saying your farrier is not wonderful, but years alone doing his job, having horses, by itself, does not impress me . Believe me, I have gone that route, blindly trusting some farrier, because he was the'expert', and it took my favorite horse becoming lame, for me to finally seek more than basic hoof knowledge
Good luck, but your rant was un called for. You asked for opinions, and got them, with best of intentions. Not what you wanted to hear, but healthy hooves don't get holes like that, nor do their soles look carved out.