My mare annie has been on and off lame for over a year now. It started when she pulled a shoe and we got a new farrier to put the shoe back and, and then next day she turned up dead lame. We had a differnt farrier come out and check her out. He couldnt find anything so we had the vet come out. They did a block of her fetlock and below. And also we got xrays. Here is the picture of her x ray
THey said they couldnt find anything in the xrays and when we blocked her she didnt come up lame. So we tried wrapping her and putting her on stall rest. But nothing still showed up and no abcess. So we had to the farrier come out a month later and he hoof tested her and couldnt find anything. At that time I had to move her because the stall rest was getting expensive at that barn so I moved her down to my old barn. My old trainer was thinking that she tore a muscle in her shoulder because we free jumped 4 months before she came up lame. I don't see how she could have possibly tore a muscle when the vet blocked her and she came up perfectly fine. But anywho she was on stall and field rest for the whole winter and We tried her out one day and she wasnt lame at all. So I started walking around everyday for around 2 months. BUt then I moved her to the barn she is at now. WHich is 5 minutes away and I went to go see her everyday. She got better and could walk trot and canter with no signs of lameness. And she has been like this for around 3 months. Then around 5 or so weeks she was starting to get ouchy. So I was just walkng. But one day she took off on me while I was walking the field and she galloped for a while, and then came up limping. Luckly the farrier came out the next day to do the horses and he found an abcess in her foot. So we soaked it everyday for 20 minutes and I would wrap it to keep it clean. At the back of her heel around the top there was some puss and a like a deep cut which I was hoping was the abcess blowing. When the farrier came out agian he said it was the abcess. SO for the past 3 weekes I was been soaking her maybe 2 times a week and wrapping it every day with some betadine. But she is still not getting better and Im so stressed out. What can I do? I will have pictures tomorrow of her heel to show. But do you think the one farrier gave her a sole bruise and it turned into an abcess and never really blew or healed and finally it had blew and she just needs to heal? Please help me. We are going to have the vet come out next week to look at her if she is not better.Now my new horse.