Horse is a 26 year old TB, in moderate work 3 - 4 days a week, weather dependant.
Last sound ride was on Dec 31, he was very fresh and forward, but moving out very well. Farrier did his feet Jan 1, I rode again on the 2nd. He felt a little hitchy in front, but not lame. The next day, he was head bobbing lame on the front right. There was some heat in the hoof, but the rest of the leg was cold and tight.
Vet came out Jan 5. Lame on front right in both directions, lower limb flexions were positive, but given his age and how he was presenting, the vet wasn’t concerned. When hoof testers were applied to his heels, he was very reactive. Vet pulled the shoe, tested every other part of his hoof, only reaction was from the heel. Instructions were to treat it like an abscess; poultice to see if anything comes out, then, sugardine to get the hoof hard again, work on getting him sound again. Pouticing didn’t draw out anything, but his lameness was improving day by day. By Jan 11, he was completely sound again, both directions. Called farrier to get the shoe back on.
Shoe back on Jan 13. Walking back to the paddock, I noticed he was walking a bit tenderly, but I thought he needed a day to get used to having the shoe back on. Didn’t see him the next day, which now brings us to day. Got on to ride, walk felt good, but trotting head bobbing lame once again. The arena footing is very nice fibre footing, and he was more sore leaving the arena then he was coming in.
I’m frustrated and stumped. Clearly something about having a shoe on is making him sore. He’s had this farrier for 4 years and never had a problem, and he’s had a wedge pad on that foot for a little over 5 years, so I don’t think he’s stepped on something that’s bruised his foot. My only guess is that on the 31st, when he was feeling himself, he whacked himself. Thoughts? I’m waiting on a return text from the farrier.