Re: horse losing shoes constantly in field
Hi Micki, just messaged you on the other blog - the two sort of got mixed up and have kept both updated - so, just to keep everyone updated, its not good I am afraid, and I have lost sleep and drunk a lot of wine over the weekend, I am having to boot him to get him out of the stable, he is so sore on his feet, that he looks lame, one much more than the other. My BFT has been fab with giving me advice on the phone and said that the feeding of new hay (I didnt realise that you never ever feed new hay to any horse, particularly a bare foot one) would have given a sugar over load. So, that could be the cause of the 'footyness' or, the thrush has been very painful in the front frogs but, to be honest since the cleaning with acquious cream and water, drying and packing with sudacream, they are looking much better, or perhaps with his 'self trimming' that took too much away pushed him over the edge and his feet are sore, the same as if I pulled my finger nails away or, worse he has LGL. Soreness will rectify itself, thrush can be solved, the hooves will grow but if its laminitus, then its a different ball game and my vet will want to bute and pop some pads on but, I cant see him in obvious pain. He walks fine on concrete with pads and boots and goes down the stony track but where he used to stride out on the stones, he is now taking careful small steps. Still sound in the grass field and cantering around. No improvement will mean a visit from Clinton, my vet. Big sigh, totally, totally fed up with the whole barefoot thing at the moment, cant ride, costing me a bloody fortune and cant really just pop shoes back on, as I know he shall start pulling them off again in the field and then we shall be back to poulticing sore feet.