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post #1 of 7 Old 09-22-2013, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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3yr old TWH with hoof problems please help

I have a 3yr old TWH mare that I have had since she was 1. Never any kind of issues until about 3 months ago. She came up lame, barely walking on her front right. We determined an abcesses, but no blow out. Then a couple weeks later the same thing happens to her front left. Again thinking it was a abcesses(yes I had the farrier, doctors come look at her) she showed no reaction to any of the test. We wrapped, soaked and no blow out. Then went into the front right again. So for the last 3 weeks we have been dealing with Sookie some days barely walking and it goes back and forward between both front feet. We have had x-rays and shows nothing. One day she is walking fine(no completely healed)then the next day barely walking. No heat, no blow outs, nothing. Can anyone please give me an idea of what this could possibly be and what I can do to help my sweet girl?????
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-22-2013, 04:23 PM
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Have you considered that it might not be her feet?
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-22-2013, 04:44 PM
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Metabolic disorder? Is she overweight? Fed raw grains?
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Yeah, need more info, but agree with above for likely possibilities; perhaps it's nothing to do with her feet & a bodyworker may be able to help her out. Perhaps it's 'low grade' laminitis, just starting to affect her feet more obviously. Could be so many things. Depending on the state of her feet & management, it could be to do with her being a TWH - farriers often want to make them high heeled - or the farrier's skill. Diet & management could be playing a part if it's a systemic problem... Pics of her feet & more info could help us tell you whether hoof problems are more likely.
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If not laminitic episodes, find out if she's whacking the front hoof with the hind hoof. Common in TWH. The hinds might be hitting her just right. Farrier may have to shorten the front toes (back up the toe) so her front hooves get out of the way quicker.

Mine forges, hitting the hind toe into the bottom of the sole, but only when being led. Riding, she's fine.
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-25-2013, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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We have blocked her in her hoof and she is fine. So that is why I am saying in her hoof. She is trimmed every 5 weeks. No shoes yet. She is very ouchy at a turn. Xrays came back negative, testing her for lymes. Have an appointment next week to do more xrays, sonograms with vet and farrier. She is on fat and fiber one cup a day. She is not overweight. I will take pictures of her feet.
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Good photos of her trim may be of help. Sides from ground level with camera ON the ground, and of the soles with camera pointing squarely at the center of the soles. All too often though a hoof is getting trimmed regularly, it is not being trimmed quite correctly. That can contribute to chronic abscesses, or other lameness. And sometimes it only requires a little "tweak" to fix.
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