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post #1 of 7 Old 05-16-2010, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Question Hoof Bruise? Help!

Bingo has been lame for three weeks. I thought it was an abcess, so i decided to soak the foot in a epsom salt solution and see is it would come out. After i soaked it this was there, it wasn't noticable before. Is it a bruise? It makes since if it is, because Bingo has a problem overstepping on that side. I do keep no-turn bell boots on him all *most* of the time, so it is possible he overstepped and caused this.... I dont know!!! all i know is he is lame and i think this is the cause. what should i do?

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i dont know how to get pics to show upm so heres a link:
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no idea why the link says that, but its the pics...

And yes, i know his frog looks terrible. I am applying thrush medicine. any other advice? Its partially because its been so dry here...
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-17-2010, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by ILoveBingo View Post
what should i do?
Call your farrier and/or you vet to come out and check what's going on.

3 weeks is way too long to go lame without professional attention. While sometime lameness is something which will go away on it's own, sometime you can loose the hoof (and a horse) if untreated.
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NOt sure why a simple bruise like that would cause 3 week lameness, but those high heels, the deep crevice in the frog and shoes that look too small might have something to do with it. I would mix up some anti fungal cream and triple antibiotic ointment and cram it up that crevice daily. But first I'd get those shoes off and fix those heels.. But that's me.

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Possibly the thrush is quite deep. I would be concerned -- very concerned. If it's as deep as it looks, it could be going beyond the hoof and thus causing the lameness.

Pull the shoes, get those heels down; they are possibly as much as an inch too high. Get the thrush trimmed out as much as possible by someone who knows what they are doing (read: carefully) and be very, very agressive treating that thrush. Good thing it's dry there, that will make your job easier.

Search on this forum for thrush treatments if you like. Lots of threads on it. My preference is koppertox once a week max (only because this looks so infected) and daily cleaning with soapy water, rinse, dry and apply 50/50 athlete's foot cream and triple anti-biotic cream. When you think you have it beat, discontinue the Koppertox and continue the cream for another 2 weeks.

You will forever have thrush issues with heels that high and contracted. If you really feel you need shoes for whatever reason, I would at least give him a break from them for a good 6 months. His hoof health needs restoring. Maybe get another farrier/trimmer for a second opinion? I would question dealing with a farrier that leaves your horse with heels like that.

Good luck.

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post #6 of 7 Old 05-19-2010, 11:25 PM
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Holy horse hoof batman look at those heels!

I believe the bruise is prob minor. your horse needs his heels brought down a LOT and those shoes off if possible because they look to small. His high heels could be making him sore, that combined with the thrush could make him lame...depending on how bad the thrush is.

NorthernMama gave you some good advice.

As for the trimming... if you have a barefoot specialist near you and you think your horse would be ok barefoot you might look into it. If you absolutely need shoes...I still say get a different farrier....

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Don't know what happened to my earlier reply to this, but I agree with what others have said. Any bruising is likely a minor symptom & the state of the horse's feet aren't good. There are many potential issues that arise from high heels. I too would advise removing the shoes, at least until such a time that the feet are healthy. I don't believe shoes are *generally* good for unhealthy feet and there are generally better alternatives, such as boots, to provide protection & support when necessary.

As there are so many differences of opinions, and even in the realm of 'experts'(ie vets, qualified farriers...) there is a wide range of knowledge and opinions, depending a lot on whether these 'experts' are indeed up with current research, etc. So I believe your horse's best bet comes from you educating yourself(please note, not assuming you know nothing) as best you can, in anatomy & function of the hooves, and the principles and factors that effect hoof health. That way, you can better weigh up the pros & cons of different approaches and make informed decisions about management. To that end, hoofrehab.com is a great, well researched place to start.
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