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Hello, this is Dr. Linda. I hope I can assist with your concerns today.
It would be great if you could attach a photo.
So, right now, is the pony walking comfortably? When was the last time you had a farrier trim the feet?
I can tell you that you can have all kinds of changes in the feet when you are dealing with laminitis ( even subclinical ), & it can take months to manifest. I have a small herd of minis, many I adopted because of chronic laminitis. Some have pretty horrible looking feet, but with the help of a good farrier, I keep everyone pretty comfortable.
I will look for your picture(s).
I wonder if he has a bit of thrush in the sole, but other than that, I think the farrier can trim a lot of that up. So, I do not think this is too horrible, I certainly have seen far worse. It is difficult for me to really tell, but it looks like he may have a bit of white line disease, going on too. Again, your farrier should be able to trim some of this out.
At this point, let's see what the farrier has to say & then if you like, we can discuss this further.
That's OK. If they are not continuously standing in wet, boggy conditions ( yes, I understand it is raining ), & as long as you can clean out the feet daily, they should be fine. You could use a protective, like Kohnke's hoof seal, but again, let's wait & see what the farrier says
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