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        07-29-2014, 08:13 PM
    Those feet are atrocious. I find it hard to believe any farrier just did them, if so, you you do seriously need a new farrier. I would not be worrying about trying to find the source of lameness until this gets straightened our, because the overgrown hooves are a HUGE potential cause.
    PM me....how far east in CO are you?
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        07-29-2014, 09:34 PM
    I see very underrun, somewhat contracted heels with a thrush issue. Now that you are getting the thrush under control, the horse will be more encouraged to use the back of that hoof again, but he will need the help of a good farrier to get that toe backed up and help encourage those heels to spread back out fully and put the weight of the horse back squarely on the hoof. Right now, his hoof is migrating more and more forward, stretching the white line.

    As it stands, he is not able to load the hoof properly therefore his hooves are not receiving proper stimulation and bloodflow. He also has flat hooves with very little concavity, again promoting to the tenderfootedness and contracted heels. He has likely been somewhat sore for some time because of poor farrier work and you are only now able to notice discernible lameness.
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        07-29-2014, 09:53 PM
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    How does thrush = sore back and puffy hind fetlocks. I'm lost.
        07-29-2014, 10:02 PM
    There is the potential that long term misuse of the hooves via improper loading has caused issues further up the leg, possibly contributing to puffiness or soreness, but I agree it's a stretch to say that bad hooves have caused the degree of back soreness that the op describes. More likely to be a saddle fit issue IMO.
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        07-30-2014, 01:52 AM
    Originally Posted by .Delete.    
    How does thrush = sore back and puffy hind fetlocks. I'm lost.
    It doesnīt! They are seperate issues, or I can say the sore back can be related to the puffy fetlocks....HOW??....the horse probably slipped and Went down spraining the leg and pulling something in the back, happens all the time.
        07-30-2014, 07:13 AM
    I'm not sure how the puffy fetlocks are related.. but the sore back because of complete lameness in the right front does still make logical sense to me. But then again, so does a slip and strain possibility.

    The mystery continues. I can't get in to see another farrier for another ten days or more. Same story for xrays. *sigh*

    The good news? Concave sole and cleaned up frog produced immediate relief, and he's sound. Both appear soft/thin. I still don't like how long his heels are. Farrier said he needs to leave them long until more hoof wall grows? I don't think he and I are on the same page as far as what we think a healthy and balanced hoof looks like at all. I need more insight on the overgrown bars comment.

    Farrier thought he had an abscess. Cleaned up with the hoof knife and got the testers out. Found a REALLY sensitive spot next to a crack. I thought maybe he was right and there really us an abscess brewing. I then asked him why he doesn't leave his foot more concave, and after what seemed like a bs answer, he slowly took out a little more so that flash was actually standing on his hoof wall and not his sole. In the process, he showed me what he said was a stone bruise. Tried the hoof testers again, at my request, and couldn't get even a hint of reaction from them anymore. Riddle me that? Had him clean up the other side to match and left it alone from there.

    I have enjoyed the discussion here - even the speculation. I'm confused, frustrated, and just fed up with the lack of resources, though. I've been trying to get him chiropractic care, to no avail. I've tried to get in with a competent farrier, but no luck. I can't even get him in for xrays in a timely fashion. The answers I do get are shots in the dark and don't make sense...

    But he doesn't appear to be in pain anymore, so there's my silver lining. I'll take pics when the sun's up.
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        07-30-2014, 07:23 AM
    Feel for you smily, the old saying "if you want something done itīs sticktly DO IT YOURSELF!!"
    Unfortunatley we are dependent on others.
    Good to hear some of the pain is gone.
    Sounds like patience is the key right now untill you can get some x-rays done and see what is going on.
    We are standing by.
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        07-30-2014, 07:40 AM
    I am not surprised that removing some of that sole brought some relief. If you can feel a soft or giving sole then please exercise caution with his environment or when riding. Boots might not be a bad idea.
        07-30-2014, 08:44 AM
    I'm looking into boots, but he does live in a soft, sandy (dry) area. He has available shelter, so I've locked him out of the barn to prevent him standing around in it.
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        07-30-2014, 11:58 AM
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