I have a coming 4yr thoroughbred mare I bought off the track in November. 2 days after I bought her there was incident with the barn owner and long story short my new horse ran through a wire fence and sustained a 6 inch laceration to her front left leg that was very difficult to heal and she was pretty much non weight bearing on that leg for at least a month. She continued to be lame on that leg intermittently since but now seems ok.
She is on pasture 24/7 with unlimited hay. She gets fed 5lb tribute senior sport and 1.5lb alfalfa pellets a day. I also have her on Vermont blend as a balance/hoof supplement and she is also on tractgard and probios. She is a good weight currently and seems very comfortable but I’m dealing with rain rot and her front right hoof is not growing very much, the left front is growing significantly faster. She also has a very raggedy coat and is shedding much slower than the other horses. All of this makes me think something is nutritionally imbalanced but I feel like she is eating a decent diet right now. She is UTD on her worming schedule and is otherwise a healthy girl.
Part of me wonders if the hoof issue is from her offsetting weight for so long and she also lame on her front right now. I’ve taken her to a specialist and they can’t pinpoint why she’s lame but it blocks to the hoof. She did have a severe abscess blow right below her coronary band that has only grown out maybe half an inch in almost 4 months. Just looking for some advice on nutrition and to see if anyone has dealt with anything similar. I am working closely with my farrier and vet but the vet is not offering me much advice about diet or giving me suggestions.