Could a trim cause worsening lameness?

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    05-10-2012, 12:44 PM
Could a trim cause worsening lameness?

Amber has been lame forever. She passed a PPE when I bought her, but in hindsight, I don't know how credible that vet really was - because she was lame when I bought her I now know, and she is simply worse now.

It's been a ride of various vets, farriers, and even having a kinesiologist work on her. Now we have had her hocks injected again, and having her stifles done is pending, as well as a chiropractic adjustment.

What the vet found was her pelvis was shifted to the right.

In all this, the vet was extremely surprised that Amber still moved quite well, and was so willing to work. This made us all very hopeful that with proper treatment and care, she may be able to return to doing small jumping at some point.

One concern that was on the side I had was her feet. I posted a while back about them, some of you may remember, but I was unhappy with my farrier because they were leaving the flare, causing her white line to separate.

I finally got a barefoot trimmer out, highly recommended, on Monday. She did a beautiful trim and really took her time with Amber.

On this same day, Amber had some allergic reaction to a bug or something, and broke out in hives. As I cold hosed them, a drop of water got in her ear, still not sure how because I wasn't near her head at all, but she panicked and sat down on her tie (a breakaway that did not break, sadly), and pulled pretty hard for several seconds. Enough to get a little cut on her hock. She was seemingly fine after a check over.

The next day, I was going to go for just a short walk down the road with a friend, and Amber was absolutely lame on her hind end. Dragging more than her toes, dragging the leg. It was so horrifying my trainer just said "get off, get off". She moved a bit better when I wasn't on board.

Amber goes back to the vet next week. Right now I'm just kind of trying to ease my mind with possibilities. I don't want to think it was the trim - because it's the best trim she's ever had. But part of me is wondering if maybe the way she was trimmed, because her balance and breakover changed, is what did it. Not that the trim itself is bad, but the way her feet were before was helping her to compensate for her lameness, making it look less severe.

Also I wonder if sitting back in the wash pit strained something, perhaps. I can only imagine it made her sore as crap the next day.

The trimmer did take off a little heel. The previous farriers NEVER took ANY heel.
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    05-10-2012, 01:25 PM
Doubtful it was the trim from the description. Id say it was almost certainly the violent set back episode (thank god she didnt flip!) and she has injured/reinjured whatever is wrong. Dragging a leg is something higher up. Hip pelvis also might look into Sacroiliac issues.

If your worried about the trim, you can always post hoof pictures for evaluation. Having healthy balanced feet is the first place to start when your trying to pinpoint and heal a lameness. The feet are the beginning of balance for the body.
    05-10-2012, 03:27 PM
Originally Posted by Trinity3205    
Doubtful it was the trim from the description. Id say it was almost certainly the violent set back episode (thank god she didnt flip!) and she has injured/reinjured whatever is wrong. Dragging a leg is something higher up. Hip pelvis also might look into Sacroiliac issues.
i'd agree with this certainly. Sounds like whatever was the problem in the first place was exacerbated with the washrack incident. All in all, that might be a good thing. It may be more clear now what needs attention so that she can heal right and start using her body the correct way again to (hopefully) prevent future similar issues.
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    05-10-2012, 07:02 PM
I have always felt her problem is mainly higher up. Nobody would listen to me for a while - the first few "professionals" I dealt with kept saying "hocks, hocks" but after having them injected TWICE, there is no real difference either time...I'm positive it's something in the hip area. My trimmer found a fluid pocket that I never noticed right below the point of the hip. I think compensating this long for whatever is happening up there is what has hurt her hocks, personally. I am just glad we are finally beginning to see the REAL problem. Whether she can compete again is irrelevant - I just want her to have the treatment that will offer the best prognosis for her to have a happy life, be it showing or being a happy pasture puff.

The good news is she was NOT off today. I think she was just sore. She was moving great. Considering she has a longer breakover now, there was less dragging I noticed in our tracks, I think that's saying quite a lot.

I'm going to post her feet to be evaluated tonight or tomorrow anyway though. I will have to post the "before" pictures, because it's really amazing how much improvement there is in one trim. Still a little flat-soled, more than I would like, but she's sound and happy as a clam on gravel, and hopefully the trimmer will be able to get more concavity going on there in the next few trims.
    05-10-2012, 09:10 PM
I agree that doesn't sound anything like to do with the trim. I'm guessing you've been told by 'experts' that it's OK to ride her & perhaps that's why you had to wait to be told to get off the other day, but I wouldn't be riding her if she's lame.

Don't get your comment about longer breakover & interested to see her feet. Some body shots would be interesting too, including directly from behind & if possible, looking down on her from in front.
    05-10-2012, 09:26 PM
Yes the vet has okayed walk trot for now. Due to less activity she has dragged off less toe and thus longer breakover. On my phone here sorry for lack of detail.
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    05-10-2012, 10:41 PM
Yes, an improper trim can cause lameness or exacerbate an existing lameness.

This doesn't seem to be the case w/ your horse.

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