The second fail is Stinker's thrush. He has had bad thrush for awhile now. I used clean tracks on him in January before he was first shod. Since then I've been cleaning his feet with alcohol and iodine. I thought I was making some headway unfortunately that was not the case. The thrush is why he is off. He is sound at the walk and just a bit ouchy at the trot so I'm hopeful.
I've started a more aggressive treatment and I'm hoping to be able to clean/treat his feet twice a day. I was cleaning them everyday but sometimes it would be 36 hours or so between the cleanings. I feel terrible about it, especially since I've known about it for so long. You live and you learn. Plus it gives me something else to be neurotic over. S is going to loooove this new addition to the repertoire. Hopefully his feet will be feeling better soon and we can get back to our regular schedule.