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post #1 of 6 Old 05-08-2013, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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Sore, swollen hoof

My mare has developed a sore, swollen hoof. I have not seen her in about two months as I work in the next island she has been on lush green pasture since i saw her last and is nursing a five month old foal. Clearly this is a huge issue and I believe it has contributed to this.
Today I've come back home for a holiday and she is lame on the hoof in question. There is swelling half way down the front of the hoof and it is warm to touch. My guess is laminitis
Farrier is coming tomorrow and as it is dark and I've only just got inside, I will post photos then.
Any ideas what else it may be? I haven't had to deal with laminitis in a long time. Any tips please? I will cut down her pasture as it is WAY too much. Also hoping farrier will advise on care. Any other help would be appreciated am worried and upset enough already so please don't rake me over the coals. I would really like some pointers. Thanks guys

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-08-2013, 10:32 AM
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If she's got laminitis take her off pasture asap.
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Get a grazing muzzle!
They allow my obesity-prone IR mare to stay out on pasture 24/7, even though it is lush. It's sad to put it on her everyday (doesn't help that she protests mightily, haha) but it keeps her safe.

Other thing: keep us updated!! I hope everything will be ok.

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Hi everyone. So farrier has been. Luckily she hasn't got laminitis. She was well over due for a trim and could may be developing an abcess. She is also hooning around like a colt and generally being a twit so that's not helping. I have cut down her pasture and adding salt to her feed. Hopefully mum and dad can keep it going. I don't know when I'll be back up north so I've told the farrier to just come up every four weeks which he is sweet with and we will keep an eye on her. I'll get some hoof piccies soon

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From your post, it is a single hoof? laminitis in just one foot can occur and I am not an expert - but I wouldn't immediately think of laminitis in a single hoof....unless it "expresses" far worse in one b/c other things are at work. Either way, I agree w the other posters...I would treat her diet as if it is laminitis until I knew better.

add on: oh good....sorry, I didnt' see your above post.

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post #6 of 6 Old 05-10-2013, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks every one. She is really been a twit, running around, pig routing, hopping about like a lamb and she also now thinks she is a barrel racer -_- so my bet is just what my farrier said, she's pulled something or landed funny and is feeling it.

She can't be too bloody sore at the moment...

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