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  • Horse will not lift foot for hoof cleaning
  • Horse wont pick feet up thrush

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  • 1 Post By michigancowgirl
  • 1 Post By Missy May

 
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    04-30-2013, 07:09 PM
  #1
Foal
Horse Not Letting Me Pick Up Hind Feet

My mare is currently dealing with a pretty severe infection from thrush (**** wet pasture). After a trim on Friday by my farrier, I was told to keep her dry and find a way to treat her feet. What happened was that the frog overgrew in the six week span between trims to the point that manure/dirty became trapped and festered (yay, rain reason).

My farrier removed as much as she reasonably could to let the foot breathe but wasn't able to go too far in without sending my mare through the roof with pain. You could see that it was really deep and visibly raw (perhaps a deep sulcus infection?). Since then she's been confined to dry padded stall with shavings but alas she's going bonkers being unable to go out with her buddies. A couple of days ago she was landing toe first. Today it's a bit better.

I put a word in my vet and I'm waiting to her back what to do about it as I cannot physically touch her back feet (she pulls and tries to kick because she's understandably in pain).

I managed to squirt some No Thrush on her and today I got some Blue Kote. I figure if I can at least aim and shoot something at the distance it's better than nothing.

Anyone ever had to deal with this as well as a non-compliant horse? What did you do in meantime? I feel bad keeping her stalled but it's the only option at my location.
     
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    04-30-2013, 09:14 PM
  #2
Foal
I am also treating my gelding with a pretty severe case of deep sulcus thrush, At first he was VERY hesitant to my coming anywhere his right front hoof here the thrush became the worse, it took ALOT of time and ALOT of coaxing for him to allow me to treat it. I am using No Thrush Powder and he has an appt with the vet this coming saturday because he is lame due to the thrush....This year must be a bad one for thrush........Keep coaxing your horse and be VERY light with her hooves once she allows you to pick them up, give her lots of praise and treats when she does allow you to perform a treatment or just lets you near her hooves. Also please be aware that some of the thrush treatments burn the sensitive tissues of the hoof if the thrush has penetrated that deep into the tissues.........And my horse did not like anything that had a strong odor to it.
     
    04-30-2013, 09:24 PM
  #3
Banned
I don't see why the horse wouodnt give you her foot-- sounds like the farrier cut the frog to the point of pain and she associates her foot bein picked up with the farrier cutting her too short and she doesnt wanna give you the foot now..


Start all over like she's never had her feet done before..

Pick it up and put it down.. repeat.. then get her to gradually hold it there for longer..

Oh- and wear a helmet, lol.. I'm serious!
     
    05-01-2013, 06:52 PM
  #4
Foal
Sometimes if the thrush is bad enough and extending into the deeper more sensitive tissues horses with shy from you and not let you pick their feet up........
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    05-01-2013, 07:40 PM
  #5
Showing
Poor thing.. using a rope would help as another person by her head maybe distracting her with hay or something.
     
    05-04-2013, 01:32 AM
  #6
Trained
I would consider what sky said, using a rope. If you gently and patiently ask her pick up her hind w rope and she does comply w/o being poopy about it, then maybe doing that many times would communicate to her that you just want her to pick it up and don't intend to get aggressive like the farrier might have. Otherwise, if it were me, plan "b" would be - ace her and get it cleaned and doctored.
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    05-04-2013, 11:53 AM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Missy May    
I would consider what sky said, using a rope. If you gently and patiently ask her pick up her hind w rope and she does comply w/o being poopy about it, then maybe doing that many times would communicate to her that you just want her to pick it up and don't intend to get aggressive like the farrier might have. Otherwise, if it were me, plan "b" would be - ace her and get it cleaned and doctored.
I think I am going to start doing the rope thing today. She's been improving but I still can't touch her back feet. She is walking a bit better, more heel to toe, which is telling me she's beginning to feel better and I think my pasture is pretty dry at this point so I will probably let her out of her stall today.

Now it'll be time to regain her trust to pick her legs up and have plenty of treats on hand.
     
    05-04-2013, 12:38 PM
  #8
Trained
It sounds like it is already working out for her (hoof landing), I hope the rest goes smoothly. Keep us posted.
     

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