One of the many joys of purchasing a new horse, is finding out all about them. What’s their favorite treat? How they like to be ridden? Where’s that favorite itch spot? However, one thing you often don’t think about if learning all about what can make them hurt, or ouchie as I like to call it. In the past few weeks we have been going thru a process of elimination to figure out what exactly is ailing O. She’s been off in the hind right, and in both front feet. We tried soaking (which she loved), we tried shoes–and then different shoes, and even different turnout. While it turns out the right hind required some vet attention, we continue to battle the front tenderness. As with many ex-racehorses she has a very low heel, so the next step is to get her pads in her shoes for extra support while we work on ‘raising’ her heel up some. Fingers are crossed! Does anyone have experience with a similar issue? I’m all ears for new ideas!