I just wanted to do a quick update on Bandit since he had his new shoes put on. I brought him home that day and he was like a new horse -- kicking up his heels, literally. It was such a relief to see him back to normal and walking around without pain. The next day, he was a little stiff-legged and we were a little disappointed that he seemed to be uncomfortable again. But, within a few days, he was back to walking around just fine. I guess he just needed to get used to the new shoes and the different angle they put him at. Since then, he has been doing great!
Several of you commented about his "swollen" face. As you can see here in this pic, the right side of his face has a huge lump. He came to us that way and as the story goes, he hit his face on a gate when he was younger and that somehow caused a cyst to develop in his sinus. The cyst grew and along with it, the bone was deformed (quite severely) in his face. At this point, it really doesn't give him any trouble, other than he has no airflow on that side. It really is quite shocking for people at first sight, but I don't even see it anymore. That's just our sweet old Bandy Boy. I always tell people, "it doesn't bother him, if it doesn't bother you". :)