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 farrier 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 farrier 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?