Horse shoeing is an event and everyone must show up for the occasion, except for Pony who always stays behind.
Since we are not made of money (like most of us these days), we have not been able to run any fancy diagnostics to figure it all out. She is lame in her back legs. She struggles with going up and down hills and since the arena that the girls ride at is down a steep hill, this is a real problem.
In hopes of trying to solve the lameness mystery, we first thought of considering possible feet issues. We had Micheal Branson over and as soon as he saw Bella, he was sure the issue was all in her feet. He said that the heels of her hooves had worn down too much which was over stretching her tendons and muscles resulting in soreness and pain, especially when going up and down hills. Apparently, she had been trimmed incorrectly in the past by a different horse shoe-er and he got over aggressive with her heels.
Not only did Micheal suggest shoes on her feet, but he also suggested pads. He explained that shoes alone were not enough and that she also needed the pads to help wedge up the heel.
Here you can see the difference in the angle of the back legs. The leg without the pad and shoe appears to be more strained because it is more angled back. The hoof with the pad and shoe appears more vertical now.
So far it has been three days with the new shoes on (Bella has the most expensive shoes in the family) and we most definitely see a huge improvement but that is also with two doses of Bute a day. More shall be revealed when we stop giving her the anti-inflammatory which will be in a few more days, but we are very hopeful!