I guess we are starting out early this year. It's usually closer to the end of summer before things get fired up. The culprit?
It surprised me when the vet said he would be "right up!". For a shot? Turns out he had a horse go bad after stepping on a nail this year; was at a vet hospital for a month, having chipped the coffin bone! When he looked at her "tennis shoe" as I call it, he laughed and said, "Looks like one of old Doc Dull's sugar pacs." He was much relieved to see that he couldn't even find the hole and Jesse let him poke around a good deal on her foot. He gave all the horses their yearly shots and helped re-pack Jesse's foot, saying that was probably all we would need to do for a week, thanks to her thick, hard sole. She trotted off back to the corral with barely a hint of lameness.
We got off easy this time. When she was three, she had three absesses and one nail wound because she likes to bounce up and down in deep mud to splash the other horses - and there is always something hidden in the mud!