Crack in heel bulb causing lameness?

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    05-13-2013, 05:20 PM
Green Broke
Crack in heel bulb causing lameness?

This horse is going to be the death of me.

Usually he's alittle off to me on the left front and I originally wanted to call the vet out to have her take a look at that but now he's lame on the right front. :confused:

Last Thursday he had new shoes put on and all was good. He didnt seem lame at all that I noticed until yesterday when I lunged him and he was limping. The next day (which was friday) the crack in his heel bulb spread up to the skin. So I cleaned it out with a hoof pick which he seemed a tad ouchy but only when I cleaned it. So I put some Pete's goo on it and have been doing that everyday. He seems on/off lame at a walk now and I can't tell if its the crack or maybe the shoes or what!

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    05-13-2013, 06:06 PM
Looks like a case of deep sulcus thrush..........does he just have a head bob lame at one gait? Or noticable lame with all gaits in both directions. Thrush can cause tenderness especially if it has got down into deeper tissues......
    05-13-2013, 06:23 PM
Green Broke
He's had what I thought was deep sulcus thrush during the winter when I got him and the vet told me it wasnt and I'd just have to wait for the new frog to grow out. He seems to limp on/off at the walk and was definitely lame at the trot yesterday but seemed fine at the canter. This horse always has a slight head bob so it's really hard for me to tell when he's actually lame or not. This didnt appear until the day after the farrier came out.
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    05-13-2013, 06:25 PM
What causes him to always have the slight head bob? Maybe have his feet xrayed to rule out navicular disease?? When he limps does it look like he is hitting toe first?
    05-13-2013, 06:29 PM
Green Broke
I had his feet xrayed in January and all was good. A tad bit of arthritis starting to form in the right front which was nothing to worry about then vet said and he foundered 2 degrees on the left. His head always bobs when he walks but I notice it usually more on the left front which is why I wanted to call the vet out to do a lameness exam but now he's lame on the right front. I don't want to call the vet out for that when the left front is the one that's usually off. When riding, normally he'll take a few lame steps then he's fine for awhile then a few lame steps. His head always bobs alot though so it's realt hard for me to tell what's going on.
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    05-13-2013, 06:33 PM
Does he appear to be ouchy? Even when out in the pasture? Maybe he is think soled and needs he shoed year round or it this his first set of shoes for the year?
    05-13-2013, 06:41 PM
Green Broke
He was limping in the pasture alittle but wasnt bad. I walked him around on the driveway and he seemed fine. Brought him in to eat and he was limping again. I asked the farrier about pads he said he didn't think he'd need any cause he didnt have a 'flat foot'. I wasnt told he absolutely needed his shoes so they were pulled from Nov to April. He definitely needs them because he's lame without them. He was never lame at the walk though and I didnt ride him all winter. This is his second set of shoes since getting them back on in April. He's definitely going to need shoes all year round.
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    05-13-2013, 11:48 PM
Looks lie deep sulcus thrush to me. Can you stick the hoof pick in that crack? Is the horse ouchy when you clean the crack out? If so, your vet is wrong. Stuff the crack with dry cow mastitus cream and stuff a cotton ball in the crack to help open it and hold the meds in. You can google for more info. Too hard to.type on th hpone.
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    05-14-2013, 06:21 AM
Green Broke
I was doing that during the winter when she came out and said it was fine and the frog needs to grow out cause I thought it was deep sulcus thrush. I can stick the hoof pick inthe crack and he seems alittle ouchy. I put pressure on the outside and around the crack though and it doesn't bother him. E definitely had it back in Nov when I got him.

Now, is it possible for a horse to have chronic thrush? He had thrush back in April when the previous owner got him and he had it in Nov when I got him and now he has it again
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    05-14-2013, 07:47 AM
Yes.... some horses are very susceptable to thrush and will always get it if you don't treat the condition weekly with meds and clean daily. It looks like your farrier needs to trip some of those areas of dry tattered hoof away cause they just harbor the bacteria also...........

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