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post #1 of 29 Old 04-04-2012, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Bruised Soles... no pics. A little Frantic.

Hey,

This morning I received the news that Sky's feet are all bruised on their soles. It has me rattled because I love my horse dearly but he may need to get shoes.

I felt silly calling up the vet to ask her what causes soles to bruise and she told me being on hard ground.

I need advice, I need support.

The farrier wants to wait 2 weeks to put front shoes on because Sky is going to have more people riding him this week. He isn't sore, but there is bruising.

I was thinking of buying him those trail boots.. the ones you snap on to the bottom of their hooves for rocky terrain to see if that helps him. Or does anyone else have any other ideas?

I'm really shook up. First horse and I have limited experience with farriers and vets.

Thanks.

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Pics would very much help. If it's just a little bruise here and there, that's nothing to be too worried about assuming he's not lame. My horse gets little pea sized ones every now and then and never seems bothered by them.

If you can soak his feet in warm water and epsom salts for 20 minutes each day, that would help with any soreness he might be having.

If you can get a bottle of Durasole, that would also help a lot. It's caustic purple stuff that plumps up the sole giving them instant relief.

Boots (with pads) would help the most if you are waiting to shoe him. Maybe somebody has a pair you can borrow?

If your farrier wants to wait to shoe, and your horse is sore, do not let anybody ride him unless you have boots on his feet to give him a cushion.
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Thanks for the quick reply!
Boots with pads.. What is that? Where could I buy them? I don't know if anyone has ones that would fit Sky.. I'll ask around anyway.

And I will try to get pics asap. I'm not there so I have to rely on others.

The farrier and the barn manager both said he isn't sore, but I don't want it to get worse while we're waiting to see what happens.

Would any of these work? Barefoot Boots (Sports Medicine Equestrian & Horse)

I am going to expedite Durasole from this site and noticed they had barefoot boots/pads as well. Any that you recommend?

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http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.h...3-ae9a4c8a0656

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http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.h...7-96df1f9be008

Would one of those work?
Leaning more to the first choice, despite the incredibly high price.

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It doesn't take hard ground to get a sole bruise...all it takes is the wrong rock in the wrong place. It's actually not unusual to get a bruise in muddy ground because it doesn't provide any support and your horse can hit all those unseen rocks in the mud.
In my experience soaking actually makes it worse because it keeps the sole soft. For a bruise, I always keep the foot as dry as possible to let it harden/toughen up. If it's going to be very muddy, I'll make the old diaper/duct tape boot just to keep it dry. Will also use iodine to toughen it up.
Be patient before thinking of shoeing....bruises can take a couple weeks to heal up.
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If you're going to shoe him in two weeks, it probably won't be cost wise to buy boots. They aren't cheap. Any chance your farrier has some you could borrow?

As far as the ones on your link, it kinda depends on what type of riding you do and if your horse gets rubs easily. The boots that cover the whole hoof can cause rubs on some horses. I like the look of that new one on the bottom left. Easy boot has a variety of pad you can place into the boots to give sore footed horses instant relief. They don't last long, but the few times my horse had problems, he really appreciated having them on. I use Renegades for riding, but they ain't cheap!

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Okay, so should I just get him some durasole and wait for 2 weeks till shoes?

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I looked at that boot once. It's a low end boot, but seems like a good bang for the buck. Just make sure to measure your horse's feet properly since a good fit is necessary with those. Don't want them spinning around.

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It doesn't take hard ground to get a sole bruise...all it takes is the wrong rock in the wrong place. It's actually not unusual to get a bruise in muddy ground because it doesn't provide any support and your horse can hit all those unseen rocks in the mud.
In my experience soaking actually makes it worse because it keeps the sole soft. For a bruise, I always keep the foot as dry as possible to let it harden/toughen up. If it's going to be very muddy, I'll make the old diaper/duct tape boot just to keep it dry. Will also use iodine to toughen it up.
Be patient before thinking of shoeing....bruises can take a couple weeks to heal up.
Yes that's exactly why we're waiting two weeks. I'm new to this, so I'm trying to get as much information as I can. He usually is a champ barefoot but he wasn't being ridden enough and had a lot of pent up energy and we think that's why he has started to bruise. He's also got a crack in his hoof apparently. I'm trying to get pictures.. drives me crazy not being able to actually be there.

So no boots yet.. but I will eventually get them to have on hand in case this happens again.

Durasole is still a go. Is hoof cleaning the same with it on?

Sky hates soaking anyway so that's alright..

Apply iodine straight on and then duct tape?

Thanks for all the help.

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Yes, clean as normal with durasole. You'll just have a horse with purple soles for awhile.

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Yes, clean as normal with durasole. You'll just have a horse with purple soles for awhile.
Thank you :) I'll try to get that to him asap.

I'm having Sky's feet measured within the week.. do you still recommend barefoot boots? I wish I knew how much bruising there was.. I asked the farrier and he just said "they are bruised but he's still sound and showing no signs of pain."

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