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post #1 of 5 Old 10-03-2013, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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Abnormal scaring or scab on fetlock?

Hey! So I have a 13 yr old thoroughbred who overreaches and has pulled plenty of shoes in his time. He has these scabs or scaring on both of his front fetlocks. I have a feeling that he might cut himself when he overreaches and that its scar tissue that has been built up, but i'm not sure so thoughts? It doesn't cause him any pain at all, but I have found it bleeding before, but even then it didn't seem to bother him.

On another note, thoughts on having thoroughbreds barefeet. He only has shoes on his front feet at the moment and he's hardly ever on roads or anything harder than gravel and he's been on hoof supplements to strengthen his hooves (i've heard off the track racehorses can have some pretty bad hooves) and he has recently again pulled one of his shoes off. Before making any big decisions I will of course consult my farrier and get a range of different opinions on the issue.

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-03-2013, 09:43 AM
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Those marks are not where one would typically see them is from overreaching.
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-03-2013, 06:06 PM
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Its his ergots. All horses have them. Some grow more then others. Check his other fetlocks, they should all have them. My arab has them as well. So dose my bf's mustang, paint and tb.

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The ones I have seen are more centered but his back legs should have them also and if they do than I would be very confident that they were ergots.
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