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post #1 of 3 Old 12-28-2012, 03:59 AM Thread Starter
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Old hoof injury causing problems?

Two years ago my horse Pepper's hoof was injured by a farrier. I used my friends farrier because mine was our of town. She had used him for years so I didn't worry much. Well she had him in her possession cause we were going to a benefit trail ride she lived about 30 minutes away and that's where her farrier was. Anyways she called me and said my horse acted up and wouldn't stand for the farrier which I thought was weird he's very well mannered. Well I get to him the next day and no wonder he wouldn't stay still he was hurting my horse! He had two nails past the quick and he was trimmed way back. And so pepper was lame I had the shoe's pulled by another farrier as quick as I could. Well I called the sorry farrier and told him what happened and he said he would come by and talk to me and he never showed and ignored my calls. And my supposed friend chewed me out for getting upset with her farrier/friend needless to say we aren't friends anymore. Long story short Pepper abcessed and he lost a good portion of his side wall. My awesome vet and farrier helped me out and after a year of being lame we got his foot healed and there's been no more limping this past year. But even though pepper doesn't limp he still seems uncomfortable and maybe some pain. I had him adjusted recently by the chiropractor he was really at stiff in his front end. But is there anything I should do as far as ruling out further problems with the hoof? He hasnt shown any signs of further abcessing, there's no heat and he didn't have any reaction to the hoof tester. What testing should be done or what should I be looking for after an injury of this nature? I figured he's a little out of whack physically for compensating for a year. Any therapy's I can do to improve his strength and comfort level. Chiropractor suggested long trotting him. Pepper is my baby it's so upsetting that this happened to him in the first place and I want to do what I can to get him better. So I'd love your guys suggestions!

Here's the photo's from after we finally got the abcess taken care of but it damaged his hoof.

After the piece was trimmed

After it was shod then the apoxy filler was added.

And pepper all healed up today

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post #2 of 3 Old 12-28-2012, 05:31 PM
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Interesting. Sorry that happened, that is just an awful story. Pepper sure is a looker! It's like, "where is the knight?".

What I do for "stiff", and what worked wonders for a stiff senior is...once a day: take their leg from the upper (as you would to take out any wrinkles from a girth) so it (the upper part of the leg) is parallel to the ground, and make a "cradle" with both your hands, and cradle the leg a bit above the knee in your hands so that that lower part of the leg is "hanging", and pull the leg out toward you (you should be standing facing the horse) ever so slightly and rock it back and forth...rock it just a little distanceleft to right when you first begin. Generally speaking, if you are doing it correctly their whole body will relax and there expression will go to "ahhhh". The more often you do it, the more you can "stretch" (pull it out) and you can increase the "swing" distance. You have to start "slow" and build up. Hope that helps.

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Thanks I think that will help those stiff shoulders out I saw the chiropractor do something similar. Also I agree he needs a knight in shining armor to ride him. He's about as white as you can get. I'm glad he has the eyeliner to protect his eyes. But since he's pink everywhere he needs lots of sunblock!
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