Originally Posted by flyingchange1991
I do not lie when I say she will fake it from time to time. This time she was not faking it but I'll get to that in a sec. Every so often when I can't get to the barn regularly like I normally do the barn staff will call me like "Gypsy pulled up lame again" and then I get there and she's perfectly sound. I will lunge her, I will ask other people to look at her I will palpate every inch of her hooves and she is perfectly fine. There's no place on the hoof that has a bust on it where the abscess blew through and drained out. I always give her a couple of days off just to be sure but she does it EVERY TIME I'm not at the barn for more than 3 days.
Firstly, wasn't at all trying to imply you were lying & sorry if you took it that way. Just that the perception of what on the surface seems like 'faking it' is incorrect, IMO. For eg. How the horse is managed, what is different when you're not there for a few days - lack of exercise? - may be part of the problem. Horses, like us, can also be stiff & sore in the mornings for eg, but with a bit of movement can be fine, so just because the horse is not lame by the time you arrive doesn't at all mean she's faking it.
trainer says that all the intensive digging will mean she's probably out for 4-6 weeks. Poo but I'm glad we're fixing it. |
Now what I'm worried about is do you guys think she'll need corrective shoeing after all of this or will they just grow it out?
As for shoeing, I still think it best to keep her unshod & booted if possible, but agree with Mark, that without having much information about the severity or otherwise of the 'excavations', who knows whether shoes may be necessary for support for a bit. As for time out of work, again, only educated guess without more info, but if she were booted to provide protection, she should be OK to be ridden shortly.