Beware of rocks!
Because of labor day travels I hadn't been out to the barn to see Sam since last Wednesday. I had rode him and groomed him including picking out his hoofs and oiling them. He is in a large pasture and with our recent drought this summer nothing has been sticking to his feet. But I pick them to check out his shoes and all.
I went to the barn yesterday and as I was saddling Sam up he kept stomping his front hoof. Um yea ok. Flies. But after the fifth time I looked at him closely and his hoof looked off. I picked it up and after scraping the mud I found a HUGE rock wedged in his shoe!! I had to dig and pry it out. I swear that horse sighed when the rock fell to the ground!
I suspect the rain from hurricane Issac helped it get lodged in there.
I am so glad I took the time to investigate!