thanks for all the replies!
it's been a few days now and he seems to be better as he was running back and forth at feed time like his usual silly self :roll:, but i'l leave it a few more days and then see.
M2G, im in Australia so it's summer coming up for us. yay!
Dumas in answer to your Qs
1. yes it had been a while since his last trim, as i haven't been riding alot and his feet were fine up until a couple of weeks ago when i noticed they were quite long, so we organised for the farrier to come, but due to various reasons he couldn't make it out until 2 weeks later
2. i don't believe that the farrier was a barefoot trimmer, but the lady on whose property i agist organised it for my 2 and her pony so i don't know. Iim moving them to a different property this weekend, and so will organise my own farrier from now on
i will likely get some boots for him (once I have more money, vet bills have wiped me out for the next week), but at the moment im thinking i'l keep him barefoot.
my instructer at Pony Club was, ah... suggesting, rather strongly, that i put shoes on him, but he has good feet, at least to my eyes, and i think he can handle being barefoot, but i might receive some disapproving comments next time i go. oh well.
i'll take some photos of his feet and post them, just so you can see the length / shape of his feet etc. and I'll keep you updated!