Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Horse Still Lame Months After Trim
I have a bit a situation that I'm dealing with, and I wanted to see if anyone has had a similar experience or any advice.
My gelding is around 8 years old (a lot of people think younger) and was previously used by the Amish.
In early May he had a trim by his usual farrier. I'm a newbie to horse ownership, so I use the farrier that 90% of the barn, including the BO, uses.
This was the first time since we've had the horse that he had let his back right hoof be trimmed, he would hold it down or kick out with it before.
He was noticeably sore after the trim, and everyone said it would be a few weeks or so until the soreness went away.
It's now been a few months and he is still sore on the back. It gets a little better or a little worse, but he's definitely been sore since his trim.
I finally decided enough was enough and called the vet, she says its definitely sore and wants to run a battery of tests.
My questions are:
1) What kind of issues can an improper trim cause?
2) What tests should I consent to initially?
3) If the issue is definitely caused by the farrier's action, is it out of line to ask him to pay half the vet bills?
I've contacted another farrier with a whole-body approach to hoof care to have a second look and see what she thinks, I'm hoping to do this before the vet comes out. I talked to the farrier, and at first he said it was normal that he was sore after the trim, now he's saying that the continued soreness is probably unrelated.
I should probably note that the horse has been with us and in training since the fall without any indication of lameness.
Any responses would be appreciated, and please don't take offense at the third question, I'm just not sure what the etiquette is!