I have a question about sore hooves...
When I went to look at my horse for the first time, she was real ouchy over the gravel driveway. Almost tripping once in a while on herself. I dident think much of it because there were pretty big pebbles in the driveway and I would have been ouchy on them too.
I brought her home and she spent a month in the yard with no gravel driveway and was fine.
I moved her to a new farm where she was trimmed for about the third time in her life (she's a yearling) and was trimmed a little too short so she was VERY ouchy for about 2 weeks after that. She got better from that and it has been a month since she was trimmed.
Well, the day before yesterday she was a little ouchy again on the gravel, but not on grass or smooth cement. She dosent completly limp, but you can tell she is stiff and MUCH slower on the gravel/dirt drive then the grass.
I was thinking an abcess, but when she was trimmed the ferrier had a good look and said everything looked good.
I was thinking of soaking her front feet and seeing if I could get an abcess to come out. Are some horses just prone to have soft hooves? What is everyone's initial thought/suggestion?