This is a long story, but I'll try to keep it short. I bought a new horse on July 30th. He lives out 24/7 and is barefoot and has been for years. The right front has a little divot out of it that I'm told he has always had since he was a foal and will be a permanent hoof scar. He came in slightly lame from the pasture on the 29th. They had a farrier look at him who deemed it to be an abscess in the right hind. The farrier used a dremel to create a weak spot near the toe where I'm told he tested positive with the hoof testers. I decided to go ahead and pick him up anyways since he was not too sore and it was a relatively short trip. They packed the hole that was created near his toe with cotton and diluted betadine solution and turned him back out. The farrier came and spoke to me when I picked him up and gave me instructions to pull the packing from the toe, soak and repack daily until it broke through. The theory behind this was that a large area didn't have to be opened this way. I did as instructed for a week with no chance. Horse is not more sore or less sore. Sound at the walk on grass and soft surfaces, ouchy at times on gravel. Seems to be favoring his right hind toe area. Definitely lame when trotted in hand. I contacted the vet hospital on Monday the 11th of August after no luck. Vet suggested I do a Clean Trax treatment and pack his hoof with Magnapaste and wrap daily. I do the Clean Trax treatment that night. and pack it with the Magnapaste for the next 3 days. The hoof is getting pretty soft at this point so I decide to give it a couple days off from packing. The other three feet look fine as of Wednesday night. Thursday night I go up and the back half of his frog on the right front is half gone. He is VERY tender to touch and quite lame. I soak both feet at this point and wrap. These pictures of all 4 feet are from Sunday night. He was last trimmed on July 8th so was not overdue. He obviously, in my opinion, has some issues that need corrected. He is still on 24/7 turnout and is not doing a lot of running around. He does cross a limestone gravel driveway when I bring him in and out of the barn. The indoor and outdoor are footed with sand. I would also like to ride him in a grass area that has some crosscountry type obstacles. I have not ridden him since I got him and I don't plan on it until he is 100%. The farrier and vet are scheduled for this week, but I'm looking for some opinions on what the heck could be going on? Have we been treating the wrong foot? Could and abscess int he heel of the front right appear as back foot lameness? The back foot does not and has not shown any soreness, heat, swelling, nothing since the day I brought him home. The lameness has never gotten better or worse, with the exception of the first day I notice the frog missing. He was back to the status quo the next day. He does not eat grain, he only gets grass and hay at this point. He hasn't had grain in 3 years. There is and has been no fever. He has no history of abscesses or any type of lameness issues. He was not raced. I'm also debating whether he should be shod or stay barefoot. His intended purpose if for jumping. The photos are all labelled as to which foot the are. Thank you! http://smg.photobucket.com/user/dream_jumper/library/Chance/Chances Feet?sort=3&page=1#!