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    10-25-2013, 07:27 PM
Originally Posted by CandyCanes    
Diddly is a 4 year old, rising five in January, 3/4 thoroughbred, 1/4 Irish Draught. He wears shoes, front and back.
Agree with others that it sounds like an abscess.

While tall horses aren't any more likely to go lame than small ones, horses that have been 'grown up' too quickly(by overfeeding, etc), horses that are worked in weightbearing & high impact exercise prior to maturity(around 6yo) and those who are shod prior to maturity are more 'prone' to lameness. I would be doing only light riding on a 4yo, particularly such a big boy, and I would be keeping shoes off, for a while at least.

If you would like a hoof critique, pictures(as per link in my signature), info on diet, management etc is necessary. I'd also advise you learn all you can about hoof form & function, and effects of different management, so you can make more informed decisions on what may be best for your horse.
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    10-26-2013, 03:48 AM
Thank you for the link rhos.... Extremely helpful.
All Diddly is doing at the moment, is light road work, mainly an active walk, with spurts of working trot every 5-10 minutes.We also go for a private lesson, in a sand arena once a week for an hour. He won't be doing jumping of any kind until he is 5 1/2. Even then, it will be in a sand arena, or on soft ground. By the age of 6, I will be doing my first event on him (hes an eventer ;))
Conformation wise, he's very good. His front legs and hind legs are good, and quite correct.
    10-26-2013, 09:38 AM

OK, so the farrier came, and he took the shoe off.
No stone bruise. So it didn't originate in the foot. Diddly's tendon is now very swollen and there's a pulse, and he has a crack at the top of his foot where the hoof meets the coronary band. Either our other horse trod on his foot, or he got a thorn or something in it.
We are trying to get hold of the vet, but we can't seem to. :(
    10-26-2013, 11:57 AM
I would just like to know why some people say don't get it opened just so I can be educated to other views. I have always thought not opening it is just leaving the horse to suffer for up to a month or more. Just out of curiosity what is the benefit of letting burst itself. Candy Canes I hope you get to the source of his problem soon.
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    10-26-2013, 12:00 PM
Thanks rhos...
I would also be curios because we usually open them as well.
    10-26-2013, 12:04 PM
Sorry Candy Canes I forgot to add that I would still poultice it incase there is a thorn in it it will help to draw it out :) Hope your horse gets better soon
    10-26-2013, 12:07 PM
Iv had abcess dug out on my horse last year farrier dug one out made hoof bleed. Horse was lame for 3 months after that ordeal.

So in my case having farrier dig out abcess only made horse suffer longer...then had it blown out on its own. Just dealt with some abcessing did the soaking and wrapping, only took just over a week abcesses blew out.
    10-26-2013, 12:09 PM
The vet iscoming soon. Hopefully... Anyway we will poultice it when the vet has finished.
    10-26-2013, 12:17 PM
Ah yes I see that would put you off :/ My farrier is really good and would never do that. If one of our ponies goes lame he would discuss all the possible options of why the pony went lame then think of the best solution. All this would be in his own free time for hours on the phone. But In your situation I would probably look at it in the same way. Thanks for letting me know why
    10-26-2013, 12:18 PM
You've received lots of info already above. I just want to chime in to say, "hang in there." Lame twice in 4 months, while uncommon is by no means unheard of. Just the luck of the draw sometimes. Barring proper care of course, but these things just do happen. You can go for years without anything going wrong and then it seems like it never ends. I've been on a lucky streak for years, but I am always counting my blessings.

Sometimes I slack off on my hoof care (don't tell anyone), and my mare will end up thrushy. At least by now I know it's my own dang fault and I catch it right away. She's just that way. Knowing your horse and watching your horse is one of the "best practices" of horse care and problem prevention.
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