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    04-19-2011, 08:49 AM
  #11
Banned
Did you contact your farrier?
     
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    04-19-2011, 10:48 AM
  #12
Yearling
No, I'm going to today. I think I've figured it out though. I brought Berdi into the yard last night and my mom and I were checking her legs and hooves out. I picked them all out, checked for heat again and found nothing. I hand walked her around on the grass and she was perfectly fine - then hand trotted her and she was fine. I think that since she is due for a trim and her feet are a little long that the gravel is jamming into her feet - even though I pick out her feet before, after and even during our rides. I think she just isn't used to it after the long winter.

Anyhow - I'm going to call my farrier and see if he can come out real soon and trim her up. I'll also have him take a look at her and give his opinion on why she was lame. I do think I was the gravel now though. That is when she started favoring her leg.
     
    04-22-2011, 08:25 PM
  #13
Yearling
I talked to my farrier - he is coming out either Sunday or Monday. Berdi is still seeming fine on soft surfaces - no favoring the legs. I talked to the farrier about this and he agrees it is most likely the gravel. He said to keep her off gravel until she's trimmed up - which I'm doing already obviously! I'll update after her trim.
     
    04-22-2011, 08:57 PM
  #14
Trained
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Originally Posted by Equus_girl    
I talked to my farrier - he is coming out either Sunday or Monday. Berdi is still seeming fine on soft surfaces - no favoring the legs. I talked to the farrier about this and he agrees it is most likely the gravel. He said to keep her off gravel until she's trimmed up - which I'm doing already obviously! I'll update after her trim.
Hi,

If her walls are overlong, that could well be the problem - leverage working against them on hard ground. Good reason for not allowing hooves to get into that shape(tho I know, we all live in the real world) If there is separation, gravel getting up there could exacerbate the problem. Or soft soles/frogs could be providing little protection against her actually walking on stones. This could well be due just to lack of 'conditioning' eg having lived in a soft pasture all winter without lots of exposure to hard, rough ground. Or it could be due to her feet being unhealthy, soles thin, etc. Whatever the reason, it is not likely to resolve itself instantly from just having a trim. If she has a prob on hard/rough ground, protect her feet with boots or such on those surfaces or stay off them until her feet can become strong.
     
    04-22-2011, 09:03 PM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by loosie    
Hi,

If her walls are overlong, that could well be the problem - leverage working against them on hard ground. Good reason for not allowing hooves to get into that shape(tho I know, we all live in the real world) If there is separation, gravel getting up there could exacerbate the problem. Or soft soles/frogs could be providing little protection against her actually walking on stones. This could well be due just to lack of 'conditioning' eg having lived in a soft pasture all winter without lots of exposure to hard, rough ground. Or it could be due to her feet being unhealthy, soles thin, etc. Whatever the reason, it is not likely to resolve itself instantly from just having a trim. If she has a prob on hard/rough ground, protect her feet with boots or such on those surfaces or stay off them until her feet can become strong.
Thank-you for the information! They are a little long (10 weeks) but her hooves are tough and even the farrier said she can go 10 weeks just fine. However, her being due for a trim and being on snow all winter has softened her sole/hooves I'm sure. I won't take her for rides right after the trim for sure! She was fine all last summer on the gravel and has very tough hooves, but I guess her feet were built up to it. What kind of boots could I use for her?
     
    04-22-2011, 09:30 PM
  #16
Trained
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Originally Posted by Equus_girl    
Thank-you for the information! They are a little long (10 weeks) but her hooves are tough and even the farrier said she can go 10 weeks just fine.
No worries. I'd just be careful that 'tough feet' don't mean they're overgrown a lot but just not breaking away, so leaving her walls being her primary support. '10 weeks' growth doesn't mean much unfortunately, as it depends on the health of their feet, how much exercise, etc as to how fast they grow. Eg. While IME there are occasional horses who grow so slowly that they wouldn't be far 'overdue' around 8 or maybe even 10 weeks, most horses are a bit overlong & due for a trim around 6 weeks & many have healthy enough feet that they need trimming every 4 weeks - I have one boy who I trim every 4 weeks and he's got at least a half inch excess wall by then - If he were mine I'd do him every fortnight to keep the excess in check.
     
    04-25-2011, 11:17 AM
  #17
Yearling
The farrier came out yesterday. I told him about he problems she has been having since her last trim. He took a look at her feet and noticed she was really wearing down her toe and walking quite a bit on her sole. So of course that would hurt on gravel.

He lowered her heels and gave her a real good balanced trim. Berdi is very happy now!! I had him check for stone bruises and such and he said he found nothing - he said she has amazingly tough hooves. So, I'm glad that problem is solved and nothing serious was wrong with her!
     
    04-25-2011, 02:32 PM
  #18
Foal
My horse was limping really bad, and the next day he was fine when his abscess burst.
     
    04-26-2011, 02:37 AM
  #19
Trained
Hi,

If the walking on her toe is unusual for her & only in one foot, I'd say it's likely she bruised or otherwise hurt that heel recently. Horses don't begin developing heel strength until they near maturity either - at least 4yo. So while heels may well be overlong & need lowering, also be aware that taking them down too much/too soon, especially in a young horse can add to toe first landings because their heels are not up to the job. It may be a bit of a balancing act.

Yes, toe first impacts are a problem & can be uncomfortable for the horse, particularly if walls are overgrown, so there is more leverage tearing at the laminae. Yes, if she's putting a lot of pressure on that toe sole area, especially if her soles are thin/flat, that could also be uncomfortable. But God, Gaia, Dog...(whoever you believe in<GG>) didn't put anything on the bottom of a horse's hoof that wasn't meant to be in contact with the ground and sole & frog *should* be contacting the ground & supporting the animal, not just walls.
     
    04-26-2011, 10:11 AM
  #20
Yearling
Thank-you for the information! She is 19 years old so the maturity shouldn't be an issue. She was putting a lot of pressure there so I think he just balanced it out more. He said she needed to just toughen up her hooves a bit too as she has been walking on snow all winter here.
     

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