Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Eastern Colorado
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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