Thanks all. I have a bit about the barefoot option but the specialist horse vet recommended it saying it would make his hooves stronger. If I can't find any boots to fit then the question is moot anyway and it will have to be shoes, to, as you say, lift his shoes up from the ground. Would egg bars work in this situation do you think?
I'm with hm32 on this one. If a horse has thin soles i'd prefer him shod with pads than barefoot. I don't know much about Cytex but if you can put pads under them it may be your best option. Most farriers also use a putty type pad for horses at risk of laminitis, perhaps that could be useful considering where the pedal bone is?
You need a shoe to get the sole off the ground so no abrasion on it, and gel pads to protect it until the sole thickens up. Been there, pony had the gel pads for two shoeings and was normal thereafter.
Sorry, I just meant that if you could adjust the fit of the boots with some kind of insert it might make it a little easier to actually find some boots that would be suitable. Didn't make myself very clear.
Thanks so much for your replies. I need boots to put the pads in. Will look up Cytex shoes. If I can't find boots it might have to be shoes, although I can't bear the thought of banging nails in to his feet when they are so sore!
My former racehorse has been lame in front on and off since January...beginning of March he was X rayed because the pain was in his feet and we thought it was pedal osteitis. It isn't but the xrays showed his sole on his near fore is appallingly thin and the pedal bone looks like it is touching it!
Shoes are off, he has been trimmed by a podiatrist and he is in day and night, thick pads taped to his feet and being walked out in hand. He is such a good patient.
Has anyone had experience of this? I can't imagine how he will ever improve.
I am also looking for hoof boots but because his feet are wider than they are long, I can't find any to fit!