Here's a video from today (sorry, sideways and crappy phone camera, but you get the point). VID_20130413_084430 - YouTube
He has NEVER been this sore before. I do understand that trimming can make the horse a bit more sore, but I refuse to believe that it is ok and "normal" for him to walk like that after a trim.
Yes, the farrier has removed some of the sole (despite vet's written instructions not to do so).
So from what I understand here, the reason for rasping the hoof wall in front is to take the weight off the tip and distribute it across the toe quarters, right?
Ok, so the current plan is
- no more soaking, but icing instead.
- Styrofoam / gel boot or other soft padding across the entire area of the hoof, not just the walls
- upping the Bute
- vet appointment on Monday, potentially with ultrasound to check for tendon damage.
- fire the farrier
- pray for the best :P
That was tearful
Yes to the plan but an addedum following "fire the farrier" would be "find a new and better qualified farrier". We've had that conversation a couple times, on here, and many of us agree the best doesn't always mean having a lot of certs hanging off their finger tips. The highest certified and best guy within 75 miles is who cut my horse too short, resulting in torn ligaments and the vet had ok'd him.
Meaning, I don't know what to say in terms of finding somebody new
The EquiCast Trinity suggested might be a great solution for you, since you board and work. It would provide your horse with the cushioning he needs and alleviate the need for you to spend endless hours booting/padding/removing/cleaning hooves & boots.
Along with cleaning the boots and pads every night, I also kept the hooves cleaned and put Absorbine "Thrush Remedy" alongside the frogs and in the stretched whiteline. My horse never got a hint of thrush or seedy toe the entire time he wore boots but I spent a lot of maintenance time to avoid it
The EquiCast might be your ticket to freedom, in that regard
Sunday, when you get the to the barn, check his ankles for puffiness and/or heat. If there's any sort of tendon damage, it can show up that way.
At the onset of my horse's tendon damage, I had to apply heat then cold for about ten days. Then it was cold hosing all the time because we were then in the heat of summer with temps around 100 degrees most of the time. I then poulticed, then wraps on top of that. There are poultices safe to use under vet wrap.
The vet had given me a poultice to sweat my horse but I had an allergic reaction to it (my mouth swelled inside)
, so he gave me the ok to use an all natural cold poultice which my horse was a lot happier with, anyway.