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Talk to me about Pedal Osteitis

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  • Talk to me about Pedal Osteitis

    My horse has been well diagnosed with this, but apparently he has had it since he was a 3 year old coming off of the track, and he is just now showing it. But anyway, what can I do to treat this beside injecting the Coffin joint as the vet said, since I'm not financially able to do so?

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    I have no clue why your vet would suggest injecting the coffin joiut if the problem is only oedal osteitis. Pedal osteitis involves degeneration of the very lower edge of the bone, no where near the coffin joint. So if a vet suggested that to me , I would insist on a clear explanation why the vet feels that injeecting a joint for something that is not in the joint should help.

    That said, protecting the sole area that is located under the edge of the coffin bone is the usual approach. That means keeping it covered but free of sole pressure.
    The most common shoeing would involve a wide web, well seated out shoe or a shoe pad combination and something under the pad that does not set "set up" firm.
    Patty Stiller CNBBT,CNBF,CLS, CE
    Natural Balance Certified Lameness Specialist ,instructor.


    • Original Poster

      Thanks our farrier just put an eggbar shoe on him, he thinks it should help him out some. If the eggbar doesn't work out i will suggest that. Thanks!


      • #4
        I had one with severe pedal osteitis. He wore an egg bar with pad. Then straight bar with pad, then regular shoe with pad and finally, after about 4 years, no pad! At first, he was very off. He finally got very sound and he was sold as a youth, paint all-around gelding, won a bunch of stuff for many years to come in western riding, reining, all sorts of events.
        Never had him x-rayed again but fully disclosed his history when I sold him.


        • #5
          I leased a horse with this problem...he went dead lame 3 weeks after I brought him home, and stayed lame until the owner reclaimed him and donated him to a vet school. We tried everything - including coffin joint injections, special shoes, pain meds, everything. I later found out this had been a chronic problem for him. Sadly, sometimes you just can't get them sound, it all depends on the severity.


          • #6
            My horse was dx with pedal osteitis. The vet recommended tildren. But so far I am getting good results from supplementing the herb jiaogulan for increased circulation, plus grapeseed which may help with remineralizing. I also just got my horse shod in eponas.


            • #7
              I also just got my horse shod in eponas.
              That is probably the most important thing.Simply protecting the bone edge from ground trauma and adding that cushion.
              Patty Stiller CNBBT,CNBF,CLS, CE
              Natural Balance Certified Lameness Specialist ,instructor.


              • #8
                I wouldn't let a vet inject with steroids, this could make the problem worse. Tildren makes logical sense, although I don't know if it's used for this. My horse was pre-tildren.
                Protecting the foot from repeated concussion is the most important. My horse got it when we had drought in OK and my arena and paddocks were like concrete.


                • #9
                  I have a young horse with this condition along the front edges of his coffin bones.
                  I had him shod with pour in pads in front and the trainer said he looks like a different horse today. I'll see him tomorrow.

                  I feel badly that I did not know he was foot sore.


                  • #10
                    Our 20 year old mule has mild pedal osteitis. He has worked hard all his life, and was barefoot much of his later years. We put him in shoes with pads in summer. He had a course of rest and bute. He came back sound and is back in full work (dressage & jumping). We avoid working him on really hard ground. The vet suggested a coffin joint injection if rest/bute did not help.


                    • #11

                      I am really interested in your statement,"I didn't know he was foot sore." I have a gut feeling that my horse is foot sore, but he is not lame, just not happy with his feet. they are very healthy well shaped feet, but my gut is telling me he needs more protection then the aluminums he has been in. I have changed him to wide web steel and asked the farrier to leave more foot. It is a subtle thing when they are not noticably lame.
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