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UPDATE! It's... nothing! Heat at coronet band & lame

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  • UPDATE! It's... nothing! Heat at coronet band & lame

    Update - farrier went out this morning, jogged Peppy, and he was sound! I wasn't there, but barn owner said Peppy definitely improved. Farrier detected almost no heat in that foot, didn't find any evidence of an abscess brewing or stone bruise. They think maybe he just jammed something playing in turnout. He was due for farrier visit anyways, so got his toes done too. Yay!! Now if I go out there tonight and he's limping again, he's officially the world's smartest horse

    Last Monday (so a week ago), my horse was off (some head bobbing at the trot), gave him until Friday off and he was sound on Friday and Saturday. Then on Sunday he was head bobbing lame again. Looked like the left front, and the only think unusual I'm feeling is heat around the coronet band. Not down the entire hoof, just all the way around the coronet band.

    I'm going to give him off until this weekend and if he is still lame or becomes lame again after a couple of rides I will call the vet, but has anyone else experienced this heat in the coronet band and what did it end up being? This is the first time Peppy has been "foot" lame.
    Last edited by LDavis104; Jan. 30, 2009, 10:46 AM.
    "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse..." ~Revelation 19:11

  • #2
    Probably an abcess working its way up, *I* would start soaking, but call your vet if you don't feel comfortable that's what it is
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      #3
      Originally posted by JB View Post
      Probably an abcess working its way up, *I* would start soaking, but call your vet if you don't feel comfortable that's what it is
      Does soaking work with the shoe & pad still on?
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      • #4
        In my case, we found his salt block in the middle of the stall...so we are pretty sure he stomped on and banged into it.
        In addition, my guy got steadily worse...ending up lame on both fronts. So, just keep an eye on it!

        Good luck!
        Owned by 1 horse, 2 dogs, 1 cat, my 7yo son, a 4yr old cowgirl, and my hubby!
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        • #5
          Sounds like an abscess to me too.

          Even with the shoe on, you could still start soaking in a deep rubber bucket with Epsom salts... I would just fill it so that it covers up to the coronet band.
          Gentleman J - "Junior" - My been-there, done-that jumper

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            #6
            Originally posted by veebug22 View Post
            Sounds like an abscess to me too.

            Even with the shoe on, you could still start soaking in a deep rubber bucket with Epsom salts... I would just fill it so that it covers up to the coronet band.
            Sounds like a plan! I'll do that tomorrow.
            "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse..." ~Revelation 19:11

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              #7
              Ok I soaked it, and (an hour and a half later) now the whole hoof is warm, not just the coronary band. Yes, yes, warm water = warm hoof, but 1.5 hours later in 20 something degree weather? Is that bad that the whole hoof is now warm?
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              • #8
                One soak is not going to do anything.

                Soaking properly is like twice a day for a week or so.

                It is a pain in the @$$.

                Before I would do that, I would get the vet over or the farrier if you have a really good one, and get them to put the hoof testers on the foot.

                It could be a gravel. It could be a quick. How long since he was shod?

                It could be a corn. It could be that he was shod improperly and his weight distribution brused his navicular and all he needs is a proper trim.

                It could be that he bruised his coronet.

                There are many other things it could be. I for one don't care to soak for days and days only to find out that I wasted my time.

                By the way, I just had a similar experience. I would have wasted my time soaking.

                CSSJR

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                neighbor's right to freedom even though he might express that freedom
                in a manner we consider to be eccentric.

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                • #9
                  I agree with the above poster and will add...don't soak a hoof with pads on. There is packing your farrier should be putting under the pad. It gets wet, it doesn't dry and you end up with bigger problems...especially if it is cold out.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by JRG View Post
                    I agree with the above poster and will add...don't soak a hoof with pads on. There is packing your farrier should be putting under the pad. It gets wet, it doesn't dry and you end up with bigger problems...especially if it is cold out.
                    Oops

                    Ok calling the farrier tomorrow.
                    "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse..." ~Revelation 19:11

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                      #11
                      [QUOTE=cssutton;3839462] How long since he was shod?
                      QUOTE]

                      He's due on a week and a half for the farrier visit - will see if the farrier can come out sooner.
                      "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse..." ~Revelation 19:11

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                      • #12
                        The reason I asked how long since shod: A quick will show up from immediately to maybe the third day. If it has been 4 or 5 weeks, it is not a quick.

                        I have had horses since 1941, but I just had an event that taught me more about good and bad farrier work than I learned over the previous 67 years.

                        I am not going to get into it here because I do not intend to get into a flame with the farriers on this list, some of whom would agree and some who would not.

                        Needless to say, if you can not find anything with hoof testers, a vet check, etc., take the horse to a place that specializes in equine lameness and have him X-rayed.

                        In this area, we have several veterinarians that are very good at it and we are fortunate in having both Virginia Tech and North Carolina State in addition to the veterinary clinics who specialize.

                        There will be a similar facility in your area if you have a good horse population.

                        The cause of my problem was very simple. The cure required zero effort on my part, the cost of the examination was minimal and the cause, not my doing, was something you would never think of on your own.

                        So it is worth the vet bill if it is not easily diagnosed by you and your farrier.

                        CSSJR

                        If we do not wish to lose our freedom, we must learn to tolerate our
                        neighbor's right to freedom even though he might express that freedom
                        in a manner we consider to be eccentric.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JRG View Post
                          I agree with the above poster and will add...don't soak a hoof with pads on. There is packing your farrier should be putting under the pad. It gets wet, it doesn't dry and you end up with bigger problems...especially if it is cold out.
                          Just curious what they should be putting under the pad? I have one that wears pads, but never gets anything underneath as there's no openings up top where anything can get in & even if a piece of sand worked its way in it would just be loose in the hole....

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                          • #14
                            Usually oakum.

                            But that part about not getting it wet?

                            We cross streams, ride in the rain, walk through puddles and snow....

                            That is not the worry here.

                            CSSJR

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                              #15
                              bump with update
                              "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse..." ~Revelation 19:11

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                              • #16
                                Could still have been an abcess that just absorbed instead of bursting.

                                Glad he seems to be sound now though, regardless of why! Darn horses!
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