Hi all Just wanted some advice or opinions on my mares lameness. She has been lame on her near fore for nearly 2 weeks now, although was a little tender for a few days before this. I thought it was just because she has no shoes on and the ground is a lot different at her new agistment (lots of gravel and rocks and quite hard clay ground as opposed to the black sand in WA we had before she moved) but then the weekend before last she couldnt put much weight on the foot, so I pinch tested it and she was very sore to the RHS of the frog so I thought abcess and hot poulticed it with animalintex for a week and bandaged and kept the hoof boot on. After the first week, still trying not to bear weight on it and hobbles with me up to the stable block so I got the farrier out. Farrier says its not abcess it seems like a bad stone bruise and they sometimes take 2-3 weeks to improve, give her another week and bandage with a dry poultice and smear hoof in Venice Turpentine to toughen up the hoof, as there is a small area to the side of the frog about the size of a 10 cent piece that is quite soft and spongy. He was confident that she would be sound in a week, it was Monday this week I had him out. Well, havent had any improvement each day and when I was up yesterday I decided to take her for a walk on the concrete in the stable block without the bandage and the boot, and she was hardly sore and only favouring that hoof a little but able to put weight on it. So, I just want to know what everyones thoughts on this are? Any suggestions to what I should do? (Oh, have a vet coming out on Monday as well) Also a bit worried as this is the same hoof she had surgery on earlier in the year as she had an infection in the pedal bone. Sorry for the extra long post, please help!!