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post #1 of 4 Old 12-29-2012, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Cut above pastern and now she is limping

Okay sorry for the long post! lol
My mare Dakota got a cut right abover her pastern in her front leg about 4 weeks ago. I cleaned it up good and wrapped it when in all honesty it was not bad, not deep at all and was a very clean cut but I wanted to take good care of it. So I had the vet out a week after it happened he said it looked really good he wrapped it up and told me to keep the bandage on for a week and gave me some SMZ and he said it would heal with no problems.

It has been 2 weeks since I had the vet out and week since the bandage has been off and it looks really good and healed up nicely. I went for a ride tonight and her stride was fine she did not seem like she was limping at all but I got off and lunged her just to check, she went into the trot fine but sure enough she was favoring that leg. Im really not sure why it was not a deep cut at all and its healed up well.

Also, the farrier was out about 5 weeks ago and said she was showing signs of founder in her other front hoof so when I had the vet out he tested her hoof and he said there was no reason to x-ray her as it was not bad just to keep an eye on her but he said she should be fine and have the farrier build up her sole. It is also winter here and we have had a really strange season with it being super dry this summer and really wet this winter and some other people have been saying there horses have sore toes. What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-29-2012, 01:14 AM
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I'm not close to being an expert but here's my opinion:
Did the area where the cut feel warm before riding? With the farrier saying she was showing signs of founder in the other leg could be that she was favouring the hurt leg there for the other one got too much of the horses weight on it and had too much pressure and so there wasn't an even weight distribution. As for the weather she could be off because of that. Just keep watching your mare check for heat in legs, thrush more signs of founder, again I'm not an expert but that's just a little input! Hope that helped you out a bit!

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Are you sure there wasnt a splinter that was missed in the cut.Sometimes the frozen ground can make them a bit sore. My horses are having a heck of a time with the frozen hard ground.All three are very sore footed from the lumpy hard ground. Does she have any heat in the leg that was cut? I see your from minnesota iam also in minnesota this has been a bad winter for sore footed horses. Just keep a close eye on her if she gets worse id call the vet again.We normally ride in the winter but our horses are just to sore and lame to ride this year.
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-29-2012, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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I checked the pasture and im not even sure what she got cut on so it could be possible there was something in there. I checked her legs and the hoof that the farrier said haid founder in it and there was no heat in any of her legs.
Yeah its been a crappy year here and im starting to wonder if thats whats going on with her, I keep her hooves short so the snow doesnt build up that much but there were still some frozen ice chunks. I think I am just going to lay off on the riding for now.
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