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  1. #1
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    Jul. 14, 2008
    Carrollton, Ga

    Default Abcess, laminitis or am I overreacting???

    Before I begin, I am a horrible about overreacting! This morning I was cleaning my horses feet and I noticed one hoof(left front) was very warm while the rest were cold to the touch. I also was able to feel his digital pulse while I could not find it on the other hooves. So now, I am in panic mode! I lunged him and noticed no lameness, he does not seem uncomfortable at all either.

    Could it be a bruise, abcess or most unlikley laminitis in one hoof! Aghhhhh............................. Help!!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec. 2, 2004
    Eastern Ontario, Canada


    Unless your horse has had laminitis, or is at risk due to weight or medical factors, I would recommend watchful waiting.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May. 17, 2003


    Or he could have been standing with that one foot in the sun and the rest in shade... stranger things have happened...

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug. 25, 2005


    Temperature to the hand is notoriously unreliable. Now if you had a thermal imager......

    If he is trotting sound and continues to trot sound tomorrow, I would relax.
    Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

    Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.

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