Well, not quite. Dawn lost her left front shoe on Friday. When I was grooming her that morning before I turned her out, I noticed that she had slightly sprung one corner of the shoe, not so much that I had to take it off and the side clips were still in place. But the "dry" lot she was in on Friday was full of shoe-sucking mud, or otherwise slippery, and Dawn is prone to acrobatics, so the shoe was missing that evening. She's walking comfortably, if a bit lop-sided, but the farrier will probably be out next week.
I've spent a lot of time over the past several days looking for the shoe - the dry lot is a little more than an acre. I did find the oakum stuffing out of her foot - it looks sort of brown and hairy - which is odd since it's about the color of the mud - I noticed the hairiness. She must have lost it after the shoe since there was some pine tar between her foot and the oakum. No shoe anywhere in the vicinity. When I'm looking for a shoe, early morning and late afternoon are best, as the low angle of the sun highlights things. I'm usually pretty good at finding shoes - if they're lost in grass I ride a horse to look - I follow a deliberate pattern to be sure I cover all the square footage.
This morning I was out there looking one more time - those shoes with borium spots are expensive and take the farrier a long time to make when he's here. Pie came marching up to me (geldings are in that dry lot today), ears pricked and with an inquisitive expression on his face:
"I'm looking for Dawn's shoe." I spoke out loud to him - I usually do when I talk to my horses. I rubbed his face and neck and gave him a hug around his neck.
"What's a shoe?" [He's never worn shoes.]
"It's about this big [holding hands apart], it's sort of round, and it's shiny around the edge and black in the middle [the snow pad]. If you see it let me know."
He headed off to graze - not sure if he'll follow up with me or not.
I suspect it's somewhere in the hay around the round bale - I poked around in there with no results. I'll look again tomorrow.