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post #1 of 25 Old 02-18-2014, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Bumps In Hooves?

I noticed my mare recently developed some bumps on the front of her hooves almost in the middle. The bump does not go around the entire hoof. She has always been barefoot. The farrier trimmed her Jan 29 so about 4 weeks ago. She is insulin resistant. I try my best to get the barn manager to take care of her, but she is being given very rich alfalfa hay and is already over-weight. The bumps are only on her front hooves. The back ones are fine.

I had a hard time getting an angle that would show these lumps!







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post #2 of 25 Old 02-18-2014, 06:26 PM
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Something like that can mean underrun heels. Sometimes the top inch is coming in at the correct angle while the rest of the hoof is growing out distortion. Can you take side views and include the leg?
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Thank you! And yes I will take better photos tomorrow.
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Especially as you say she's IR, rich feed, overweight, I'm thinking low grade laminitis. Tho pics aren't clear & hooves don't look too bad. If they are 'lumpy' in particular areas, that is likely due to hoof imbalance, though it can be due to infection/injury. Don't think it looks like that sort tho. I would be changing her diet for one.
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I agree with loosie on this one - it could be a lamellar wedge forming, but it's hard to tell with these pictures. How are her footfalls? Does she land toe first, flat, or heel first? Showing any other signs of lameness or discomfort?
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They are called growth rings and can be used as a map that tells you how the horse has been doing during the last year.
Each ring or bump if you will tells you the horse has come under digestive stress or disruption.
IR horses are more sensetive too feed change particularly with rich feed such as alfalfa, process feeds and grains.

This is one of the reason I do not like it when other farriers rasp down the hoof wall too make them look cosmeticly nice!
Those rings can be little red flags of information.
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The IR is my concern too! In the spring, summer, and fall she comes into a stall during the day and gets triple crown low starch forage and timothy balance cubes. On the off occasion that I haven't gotten to the feed store, I soak regular baled hay flakes for an hour. In the evening and night, she goes back outside with a grazing muzzle. HOWEVER, in the winter (from october till now) she is outside 24/7 with no muzzle and fed the regular baled hay without it being soaked. This is why I'm concerned. Who knows how much NSC that hay could have.

I have a new barefoot trimmer coming in 2 days. I can't wait to see what he says.

These photos aren't much better!









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Please let us see how the trimmer does. There's not much to take off in only 3 weeks. Just because someone isn't qualified to shoe, please don't get the idea they are better than a good farrier. Corrective trimming can take months.
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Please let us see how the trimmer does. There's not much to take off in only 3 weeks. Just because someone isn't qualified to shoe, please don't get the idea they are better than a good farrier. Corrective trimming can take months.
I'm not sure what you mean? I've had a farrier trimming her all along, however he trims and shoes racehorses. I need a barefoot trimmer who will keep a schedule with me.
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Is she a TB?
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