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Farrier Found Bruising UPDATE WORSE!!

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  • #21
    Originally posted by Blondyb View Post
    And if it is a fracture, what would a vet recommend?

    Most likely stall rest and pain meds, if it were treatable- which is exactly what she is doing.

    If it was a severe break or fracture, I am pretty sure she, or her farrier, would be able to tell.
    Ummmmm...NOT!!!!! OMG! Are you really serious?

    FYI...I have a mare who fractured her coffin bone a few years ago. Farrier was out doing shoes and thought (as did I) that it was an abscess. I didn't feel comfortable with that "diagnosis" after a couple of days so I had my vet out to take x-rays. Guess what... farrier and I were both wrong!!!

    And I don't hesitate to contact my vet for things I don't think are right. It is my RESPONSIBILITY as a horse owner to do what I can for my horses! Not just let them stand around for a month "waiting and seeing." If you can't afford to take care of emergencies (whether big or small), IMO, you shouldn't have a horse (or any animal, for that matter).
    Honey badger don't give a sh!t.


    • #22
      Originally posted by EqTrainer View Post
      You need a vet... Not even going to get into how inappropriate on your farriers account this all sounds...

      Call the vet.
      Call vet.
      Pay for ultrasound and radiographs which you can see right there on the computer when he does them.
      Follow vet's instructions.

      My vet found a bruise on my horse's hoof in 2001. Then my farrier followed my vet's instructions as to pour in pads and shoeing. Farrier did not presume to diagnosis what a vet should as farrier does not have ultrasound and radiograph machine.
      I presume your farrier does not have them either, so why are you waiting?


      • #23
        Originally posted by Cruisesmom View Post
        Androcles: Congenital birth defect. His navicular bone never developed propperly, it is in two pieces held together by firorous tissue.
        Does your horse have bi-partite navicular?
        RIP Sucha Smooth Whiskey
        May 17,2004 - March 29, 2010
        RIP San Lena Peppy
        May 3, 1991 - March 11, 2010


        • Original Poster


          Radiographs taken 2/14 showed some navicular changes in the right front foot. Frozen mud and ice were to blame for the tenderness on the frog putting pressure on the navicular area.

          Increased isoxsuprine, changed pads under the shoes and SOUND horse. I hate winter!!!

          Thank you for the suggestions made by people who were not out to badger me about not having the vet out. I was in contact with my vet and farrier team since day 1 on this issue. My vet is who wanted to wait it out...and I was the one who was impatient.
          Esmarelda, "Ezzie" 1999 Swedish Warmblood

          "The world is best viewed through the ears of a horse."


          • #25
            Originally posted by Blondyb View Post
            And if it is a fracture, what would a vet recommend?

            Most likely stall rest and pain meds, if it were treatable- which is exactly what she is doing.

            If it was a severe break or fracture, I am pretty sure she, or her farrier, would be able to tell.
            Wow, and to think I've wasted all that money in the past paying the vet to come out and do his silly radiographs and ultrasounds to diagnose fractures when all I needed to do was just tell what was wrong!

            You are really out in left field, and I don't mean a pasture!


            • #26
              Originally posted by hollyhorse2000 View Post
              I"m one of those who calls the vet out sooner rather than later. I have a "need to know" what's going on, I guess.
              Me, too. That damn "type A" personality.

              If I'm not sure, as others have mentioned, I put a call into the vet and let him decide. Some injuries, left undiagnosed, can get real complicated in a hurry so I always err on the side of caution. Even if that means coughing up a few hundred bucks so I know what's going on.

              I do know however, that I probably would take my farrier telling me that my horse had a tendon strain with a grain of salt...and then I'd call the vet.