Hoof wall cracks and lameness.
My ISH mare is having a bit of lameness issues. I do have a call in to the farrier, and if needed after that the vet.
She's head bobbing lame at the trot going to the left. Totally sound to the right.
The was a bit of an issue with getting her feet done on time while she was at the trainer. I won't go into detail, but the shoes stayed on too long IMO and she got really long. What presented from that was cracks starting at the toe base and going up. They look bad, but the farrier said nothing serious. But I'm worried that one is hair line and close to the cornet band. Which I know is bad.
I have not asked her to work at all, outside of having her do ground work at the walk. Problem is that we are talking about a horse I just put over a month of training into, who has now not been ridden in a few weeks. And while she's lovely, she goes from fine to an emotional mess in a matter of seconds. Her two favorite default naughty pony tricks are I only back up, or I like to rear just enough to scare you. Thankfully thus far the rearing as been controlled. I'm praying she has the sense not to get so crazy she flips, but that's an entirely different issue.
So, for those with cracks in the hoof that have caused some lameness, what have you done? Have shoes solved the issue? (I know sometimes they need to actually have the hoof pulled together, but I don't think that's an issue at this point.)
I've already had a locking stifle scare, which we have not has any additional issues with, but now we have this. I'd like to be able to actually work the monster under saddle, but I also will not ride her lame, even at the walk. (I do have a gelding that abscesses and I do lightly ride him when it happens, but more for movement. But he's also 12 and well trained.)
Anyway, thoughts? I wish I had pics for y'all but I don't at the moment. The cracks, from what I understand, are isolated to the outer hoof wall.
Of course, she may have a stone bruise as well. So who the heck knows.
So, best and worst case? You know, because I need to speculate and worry until the farrier sees her.