I recently purchased the Quarter Horse mare, 10 years old last week end. She is in good shape and travels very nicely. No limps and when turned loose, runs like her tail is on fire.
She was very skittish of me for several days as the owner told me that she was a one man or one woman horse, and would take a few days to calm down and get used to me. They were correct. So, I did nothing to push her or make her uncomfortable for the first 5 days. I just brushed and fed her so she could get used to my touch.
Yesterday, I decided to clean out her feet and she did great. When I got to the left front foot, my hoof pick got stuck in a hole right off the bat. I cleaned it out the best I could and I can honestly say that I have never seen this before.
Her foot is hard like a healthy foot should be and there are no squishy spots anywhere. There is no foul odor either. But what would make this hole beside her frog close to her heel?
Has anyone ever had experience with this before?
My vet is coming out next Wednesday to cut a yearling, and then I will be able to show him the mare.
She needs trimming for sure, but I want to get the vet's take on it before I change anything. I asked the man that I purchased her from, what is going on with her foot? He denied having any knowledge of it after he told me that he trimmed and rasped both front feet. Yeah, right!
She walked so nice that I saw no reason to pick up her feet. I sure learned a valuable lesson; no matter what, look at their feet!!!