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post #1 of 3 Old 12-11-2012, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Hemorrhage in white line

I've been having some intermittent lameness issues with my new mare that have been hard to pinpoint. I have had the vet out twice. The first time he thought she was lame in her right front, then when he followed up, it was the right rear. He did a very extensive physical examination, brought the x-ray machine and couldn't find any objective findings that would warrant an x-ray, but he did notice that she had some hemorrhage in the white line of the toe of her right rear hoof. He said he didn't think it would abscess but to watch it.

We've had some strange weather here in Minnesota, where we had some freeze thaw cycles. My ferrier had purposely left my horses toes a little longer at the last trim because he was afraid of them getting sore if the ground froze all uneven and hard before the snow came. Thankfully we go dumped on Sunday!

I've done some some research, and found this problem is usually from repeated concussion on a hard surface (which is also what the vet said), or from being overweight with small hooves (both which describe her!) We've rode her lightly since we got her a month ago because she is pretty overweight and very out of shape and have been taking her reconditioning slow and gentle in a soft, sandy indoor arena.

I'm hoping someone can point me to some other links or information on this condition and anything else I should watch for. My ferrier is not schedule to come out for another week, and I have a call into him as well. The vet said it was okay to continue to lightly ride her while her hoof grows out but ONLY in the indoor arena on the soft ground.

Has anyone else experienced anything like this, and how long of a "recovery" can we expect with this?
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-11-2012, 05:46 PM
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First thing first, as it's common & if your pony is overweight, more common, look into 'sub clinical laminitis' - when there is only mild, short term inflammation, the only evidence of laminitis may be rings on the feet & blood in the white line. Google the above term, but also look at ecirhorse.com & safergrass.org

As you say it is only at the toe and that your farrier has been leaving toes long, it could very likely be bruising due to the imbalance. While in soft ground for eg, horses can afford to have their walls longer, as the foot sinks in, if you're having 'freezes' when the ground goes hard, the extra wall length will be putting strain & leverage on long toes & coronary region. If you have hard ground, even if it's only part time, I think it's *generally* best to keep walls(not just at the toe) short & 'rolled'.

If you would like any specific opinion on your horse & her feet, post pics(see link below) & more info on diet & management. Cheers!
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post #3 of 3 Old 12-11-2012, 08:38 PM
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ditto Loosie. Possibly some solar bruising also if the ground has been very hard. Leaving the toes long on a hard surface is like pushing down on a table with a long fingernail. Kinda rips the nail from the bed. Same thing. The bruising in the lamina is proof of this.

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