Just an update, we have taken off Spirits shoes, I couldnt stand it anymore, since the first link he then pulled off more shoes and resulted in more box rest with his foot poulticed up. Always the same, front shoes, pulled off from the side and backwards, resulting in severe damage to hoof wall.
The farrier removed his shoes and said that the hooves would probably start to look much worse over the next few weeks, the next days. He was obviously sore when we walked him from where he was tied to the stable. Next morning, we had a terrible problem taking him up the track to the field, he refused to move and then did give in, he hobbled and limped all the way up and every time he hit the front of his feet on the large stones, he held his foot up, I felt awful. When we let him go in the field, he tore around (so feet were absolutely fine on grass!) and for the first time I could breathe a sigh of relief that he couldnt pull a shoe off! When we tried to take him out of the field, he refused to walk on the track back (obviously remembered the trip beforehand) so, I had to leave him in the field for 3 days while I tore around various tack shops to buy some hoof boots, Looked at many ones and settled on some Cavallo's size 2, he let me pop them on from the field and he walked perfectly down the track back to the stable.
After one week he is 100% sound in field, 70% sound on concrete when we walk him from the stable to tie up - Giving as much turnout out as possible on rough pasture (as recommended) and cutting all sugar from diet, I spoke to a barefoot trimmer and she said that the diet is very important, as the sugar in most horses diets and fro the grass as well, is too much, it can make the horse very sore on its feet, they incurr LGL - I didnt realise that shoes basically take away most feeling from the hoof, therefore most barefoot owners are always feeling their horses feet to see if there is any heat, if so, they shall often pull them from the grass. A shod horse hoof is usually cold, whereas a barefoot one is warm. With the shoes removed, the horse can now 'feel' his feet and therefore sugar which is bad for the horse, will mess up the horses feet, causing LGL and stretching the white line. She has told me to watch what I give him etc. Currently giving Alan & Page C&C and Honeychop Chaff so, that has to go.
The bottoms are starting to chip and to be honest look a mess but I guess that is to be expected as the hoof at the bottom was damaged to begin with.. I am putting on Kevin Bacon grease as well after scrubbing with anti septic to stop any bacteria getting into the holes and groves at the bottom. So, I guess its watch this space!!