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post #1 of 12 Old 03-29-2013, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Bruised hoof?

I was at a horse show on Sunday and the footing there was very thick, deep, wet sand. Ever since then, my horse has had a limp. Its mainly at the walk. At first I thought it was just a rock stuck in her hoof and after I picked her feet she was fine. But when she turns she almost falls. I told my trainer all of this and she thought maybe that she had bruised it at the show on Sunday. I used her again on Tuesday and she was good. And I have a jumping show tomorrow. ( from 1-3) and it is very important. What should I do? How long does this take to heal? Should I give her bute? Has anyone had experiences with this?


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Please DON'T ride a lame horse, especially jumping. Especially not even knowing what's wrong with her.

Unless your horse's hooves are very unhealthy, it's not likely that surface would bruise them, but she could have sprained something in deep sand maybe, or otherwise bruised her hoof. Not enough info. I'd be inclined to give her a few days & keep an eye on it. If it's getting better, great. But stay off her & allow her to rest until she's OK. If it remains bad, ring the vet.
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Yep. If you push it and she has a suspensory type issue brewing, you will be very very sorry if it turns into a full blows tear. Deep sand is very bad on horses legs.

Never push an injury without A. Knowing what it is EXACTLY and B. Getting a knowledgeable vet involved.

Chances are its an abscess or a strain. If you really want to know, have the vet out. Was she almost falling at the turn the day you rode her? Was she doing it again after you rode her?
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I would never even consider riding a horse that hinted at lameness.

I agree that you need to scratch from the show and get a vet out.
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don't ride, the show is no where NEAR as important as the health of your horse
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Don't ride and I would forget the show. Iv had my gelding come up dead lame 10 miles out on the trail I got off and lead him home.

I won't ride or work a lame horse. Get a vet to find out what's wrong.
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I was picking her feet yesterday and found a small rock shoved WAY up in her hoof. I took that out and she was doing much much better. I gave her some Bute that night too. I took her out again this morning and with some warming up she almost didn't have a limp. I am going to give her a couple days off.

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'Almost' is not good enough IMO. Why did you give her bute?
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You may have just covered up lingering pain with the bute- but putting a mask on it doesn't not "fix" it enough for jumping, IMO.
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Gave her bute because I thought it would help her while her foot heals. Before we got her she used to stand in about half a foot deep of sobbing wet wood chips so I beleive her feet are still very soft. We tried to harden them up using turpintine, and it helped but her feet have gotten soft again. In the summer when we were on the trails she would step on a rock and you would think her leg broke. It turns out that there was a tiny rock stuck in her hoof. I took it out and she was fine. So I am thinking it is that again. I rode her on tuesday and I guess I missed the little rock and while I was riding it got shoved a little further up into her hoof. But it is out now and I am hoping that was all it was. She is doing much better then 2 days ago
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