We went out to ride this weekend and Blossom (18 yr. Old KMSH mare) came up to the fence lame in a hind leg. It looked really stiff and sore. I hosed it and got her into the vet on Tues. Morning for a lameness workup. We've never had any problems in the past and I was hoping she'd just strained it or stepped wrong. Hoof checked out fine, but she showed some slight tenderness in her distal suspensory and you could see in a round pen that she took short strides and sometimes (after flexion) hopped with that leg. (Really she had improved a lot from the weekend.) The vet put her on 1 gram of Bute morning and night for 5 days and then 1 gram a day for the next 5 days, with limited movement. Stall rest is not something Blossom handles well so she's in a small pasture with her constant companion, my husband's 22 yr old OTTB.
When we were at the vets I was looking carefully at her hind feet and realized that even though the farrier had been out two weeks before, her hind feet were rather long in the toe, and her heel was low. I'm not being nuts if I think this might have contributed to her suspensory soreness? I'm going to speak to my farrier (who's always been wonderful) about trimming her feet differently. I have two questions: 1. IF this is a contributing factor, would shoeing her back feet with a small wedge at the heel help her until her heels regrow? She currently is only shod in the front and that's because of the terrain we ride on. I've had her two years and her feet have always been wonderful. 2. If it would help, should we do it immediately or wait for his scheduled visit on Aug. 20? I like our farrier. He's always done good work and he's super reliable about coming when we need him. His son has started helping him and I think he's the one that's leaving the toe long and taking off too much heel. If we can work with him, I'd prefer to do that than to change farriers. I do not want to offend him, but I want my horse sound! This may or may not have been the cause, but it sure isn't helping. Or am I nuts?