Rolled toe/cut-out pad - how long is too long?
My horse does not have evenly shaped front hooves. One is flatter and has lower, somewhat under-run heels. My farrier backs up the toes on both fronts, and rolls them.
The flatter, lower-heeled leg developed slight tendonititis during the fall - heat, slight swelling but ultrasound showed no lesion. Horse was never lame but was shorter in stride.
My vet recommended a degree pad on that hoof to lift the heel and reduce pressure on the tendon. The farrier cut out the center so that most of the frog and some sole was exposed to prevent any bacteria/thrush, and to keep the frog in contact with the footing of the ring when working, and the ground in turnout.
After a couple of weeks of hand walking and icing, the swelling and heat have gone. Horse is now back in flat work and moving out well.The frog and sole has remained very healthy through two 6 week shoeing cycles.
Is this generally a temporary solution, or if it works, should the pad stay?