"I get allll the bedding!"
I hear this a lot - "Not all horses can go barefoot".
In a sense I can understand that, but on the other hand..is Max's condition can't be so terrible that we can't even give it a shot? If anything.. can't we hit the reset button and see how much he can handle? He might surprise me.
The way I see it with bar shoes on he can't be outside when it rains or when it's wet because they'll fall off. He's stuck in the stall. His feet are always held together, never having a chance to expand or contract. Who knows where all the impact is going...into his joints? Maybe they will keep him sound now... but I am looking for long-term solutions, not quick fixes.
Max's ouchy foot.
Barefoot he could have boots on when he's turned out, and boots taken off when he's in the stall. He can go out every single day, rain or shine. His feet will learn to be strong again, and to breathe.
If I compare it in simple terms like that, I can see the right path.
All kinds of other details complicate it, and confuse me. Everyone else seems to have strong opinions on the matter but when it comes down to the nitty gritty the only person looking out for Max is me.
Today he started to show signs of getting better. I took him for a short hand-walk and he was excited and happy to be outside. He had a very very tiny limp, a 2 instead of an 8. Did another poultice wrap and tucked him away in his stall. The poor guy hasn't been outdoors in weeks... :(
The Cavallo Treks are too small for him I realize...so I will have to do an exchange and go a size up. I hope the process is quick!!
The vet will be evaluating him next week...so I will have to make my decision to re-shoe him or just pull them all off and work with a barefoot trimmer.
Decisions..decisions. And none of them easy :(
In the mean time....videos...
Salt lick goodness
Enjoying some bran mash