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  • Road riding causing sore hooves in horses

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    08-22-2013, 10:22 AM
I believe the problem is the bad farrier job covered in this topic.

Even with the exercise pad, I'd only walk him on soft ground, like thick grass and sand. Hopefully his hooves fix quickly, the poor boy. Honestly, though, if the biggest moment at the moment is him being flat, I'd consider some shoes. They worked wonders on my QH to get his frogs up off the ground. By rights I could let him go barefoot now that his hooves are better, but I do a lot of road riding so I've opted to keep the shoes on.
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    08-22-2013, 10:46 AM
Oh, that one. I don't understand what you mean by 'the biggest thing him being flat'?

You don't want a horse's frogs up off the ground - that's where they're meant to be! Especially as he appears to have underrun looking heels, I'd consider padding the frogs to give them more comfortable ground support/pressure, while working on getting the heels more upright.

I'd personally have him out of shoes for now at least - not seen any success treating run forward feet with conventional shoes - & at least until he's good to go again.
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    08-22-2013, 11:35 AM
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I'm in agreement with Loosie this unless your horse has a diagnosed medical issue and a treatment plan that was provided by a vet.

Have you tried a poultice with magic cushion for some pain relief while he heals?
    08-22-2013, 01:50 PM
I decided to skip the foam idea because I didn't have duct tape and some other stuff.

*Scratches head* I had somebody walk Jasper down the barn aisle(cement) so I could get a better look at things. Hind hooves don't appear sore, pretty much a flat landing, but he's sort of "dragging" the toes of both front hooves. You can hear a sort of scraping sound as he does it. I'll try and get a video of it if my camera will work. The only thing I can think that would cause that is heal pain, I've poked around his frog and he didn't seem sore there. I don't think he was doing it when he had full blown thrush, so I doubt it would be that since it's mostly gone.

Pic's from today of his front left hoof in case anyone is interested.
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    08-22-2013, 02:24 PM
Looks like he's got deep sulcus thrush that in it self will make them sore.
    08-22-2013, 02:40 PM
Spirit88, Yeah, I've been treating it for the past month. This is what it looked like about 3 weeks ago. The "groove" in the middle has gotten higher since I started treating it, but it'll still be a little while before it all grows back.
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    08-23-2013, 06:57 AM
Pretty tender, weak looking heels, with the severe thrush, underrun heels, overgrown bars & contraction, he may be dragging his toes because he's been going toe first looong term.
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    08-23-2013, 07:11 AM
... Adding... This is a vicious circle, because it puts stress on the 'navicular region' so in turn makes heels more sensitive. While he needs to be able to start using his heels properly, to trim them down & try to force them into more active role now will likely put him further on his toes because they hurt too much. So I'd be conservative about trimming heels for now, keep treating thrush, but with something that doesn't further damage the weak tissue, and I'd pad his frogs *not under heels* in order to allow them comfortable & protected stimulation, until they're strong enough to do without it.
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    08-23-2013, 08:58 AM
Thanks loosie. I guess I'll just have to go on treating the thrush and hope I can get rid of it soon
I've been scrubbing his hooves about 4 times a week,then using betadine, and a mix of athletes foot cream, destine ,triple antibiotic cream and epsom salts. I was soaking with epsom salts, but I didn't want to weaken the rest of his hoof by doing it too much.

Is that ok? Should I try something else? I have tried thrush buster once, but it didn't seem to help.
    08-23-2013, 11:34 AM
Hi. My horse had that chronic nasty thrush going on for a long time and I tried everything except for some of the products that probably work. The only thing that really cleared it up was moving my horse to a much larger area 250 x 100 feet with a slope. All of it sand firmer in some areas, soft in others. The thrush went away in about a week with me only picking out the feet daily but no medications. I know this isn't your horse and you can't control the environment completely. But, if you get an chance to do this with this horse, or if you can talk the owner into it........

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