Christina Cline came by last night to trim both horses and she likes what she sees. The laminitic rings in Tonka's hooves are about 50% grown out and both white lines are nice and tight. Now the the weather has dried out Raven's little feet are really starting to toughen up, and the frogs on her pancaked hind soles are becoming more defined by the day.
Christina did confirm my observation that Tonka's current discomfort stems from his stifle or hip. She notes that he hikes the right hip higher than the left when he walks, and that his back muscles are sensitive on the left hand side. Several people have suggested that I have him evaluated by an equine chiropractor, and I am getting closer to biting that bullet. As a highly skeptical scientist I am leery of human chiropractors based on several published findings, but as a worried horse owner I want to do whatever I can to make Tonka more comfortable. Is it ironic that science will pay the bill?