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Sore Feet what to do???

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  • Sore Feet what to do???

    My horse came up intermittently sore on her left fore 3 weeks ago (9/17/10)... You only see it going left and only in the corners and its only for a couple steps here and there... Its not head bobbing lame its just a shortness of stride with that foot... Due to the reset before she had cracked up that left foot I think just from the crappy conditions and stomping at bugs the farrier had rebuilt the hoof a little bit so I thought maybe there was just a unbalance in the hoof so I had the farrier out 2 weeks ago... (9/22/10) She was reset and the farrier did say the there was some difference from one side to the other and thought she would be feeling good in a few days... So when she didn't feel better I decided to have the vet out to see what there thoughts were and to make sure if they thought we needed to do blocks, ultrasounds, xrays, etc we got them done... So the vet was out on Tues and didnt think we needed to go the route of diagnostics testing but did a full lameness exam and thought we should possibly look at putting pads on her as she was positive to the hoof testers but didnt feel due to the signs of the lameness as you can only see it at the trot going one direction and only so often, she didnt think it was an abscess... And also suggested giving her a week off... (She also palpated from the shoulder down and did flexions and those were all negative) So I called the farrier and they came out on Thurs and put a set of pads that I normally put on for the winter anyways due to the snow... Well she is worse where before you could not see any of the lameness at the walk you can now see the apprehension while turning tight when she has to load on one foot or the other... Again not head bobbing lame but def not comfortable... So I called the farrier again and she thinks if we change the pads to a leather pad rather then the one we have on it would make her feel better as possibly the pads we are currently using are causing more pressure on her already sore sole... The pads we put on are a sort of therapeutic pad with an aluminum bottom... But she told me she didn't know when she could get out... She said maybe Monday... I am just now very concerned that I should get these shoes and pads off ASAP as I don't want them to cause more bruising if that is the problem... Anybody have any advise of what I should do... I am at a lose I feel like the shoes need to come off and I can poultice and diaper her until she is feeling better... this is just breaking my heart... I don't want to challenge my farrier because I am no hoof expert but I just want to see my horse comfortable?? Any suggestions?

  • #2
    With a similarly mysterious "intermittent foot sore on the left front", I found that "pour in" pads were very helpful. But it still took time off.

    chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


    • #3
      Hmm the mysteries of the foot...this is where I wish horses could talk!
      I have lots of experience with pour in pads, it's what I used when my mare had bruising and thin soles. From what I understand some horses can go lame from having the pour in pads as well for the same reason, sole pressure.


      • #4
        We use leather pads with magic cushion. Works great for sore feet. We also do Isox but that is due to our altitude and dry climate.
        Hickstead 1996-2011 Godspeed
        " Hickstead is simply the best and He lives forever in our hearts"
        Akasha 1992-2012 - I will always love you sweet girl.


        • Original Poster

          Thank you all.... So you all think its ok to leave her how she is until the farrier can make it out?? This just sucks...


          • #6
            What about a rim pad to give her a little more clearance from the ground, but a little more bounce from the cushion between hoof and shoe? I put these on a mare who was always tender footed anyway, but had a mild bout of laminitis this spring. Vet was concerned about sole pressure, too. mare loves them.


            • #7
              My Polish Arab had tender feet. My farrier put neoprene pads on him and he did well with them. He had bad feet to start with so what we could do for him to walk without pain we did.
              Give this one some time. Use a good hoof dressing as well. Most of the time your farrier knows what to do. Something is making her tender footed.
              Hope the pads work.
              Regards, sadlmakr


              • #8
                One of my boarders horse has very thin soles. We did the pads and it has made WONDERS in his demeanor ( ears forward) and keeping him sound!
                Come to the dark side, we have cookies


                • #9
                  bhebert in gray, stuff deleted

                  I don't want to challenge my farrier because I am no hoof expert but I just want to see my horse comfortable?? Any suggestions?

                  Do a Google search for hoof tougheners that are marketed for use only on the frog and sole. Easier to apply and cheaper than pads.
                  Tom Stovall, CJF
                  No me preguntes cualquier preguntas, yo te diré no mentiras.