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post #21 of 42 Old 05-05-2010, 03:17 PM
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When I have a lame horse with no obvious cause I call the farrier first and if the farrier thinks it's not in the hoof or can't solve it then I call the vet. I have never actually had to call the vet. 90% of the time if there is no sign of injury the problem is in the hoof. I had a mare that was so lame she wouldn't bear wieght on one front foot so I took her to the vet and they cut out the abcess and wrapped her foot. I had to saok the foot in epson salts and change the dressing every day for a week. The bill was over $100. A week later the same horse was lame on the other front foot but this time I called a farrier. He came out and gave me a bottle of hoof dressing to put on the sole of her hoof. He charged me $10 for the ointment that I applied once a day and the next day she was walking sound on it.

That's just my experience though.

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post #22 of 42 Old 05-05-2010, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice guys, I did take some pictures of his leg, fetlock, ect and I will try and upload them although they are on my phone. I went out this morning and spent an hour with him, he still has a limp. Seems to be there around about the same amount, I did call the farrier and he can't make it out for two days so its the vet this afternoon. I don't have a hoof tester (put I used a hoof pick and tapped around -- making sure I didn't damage the foot). I did happen to find this morning a small sore on his fetlock, this I had not noticed the night before as it was dark and actually quite difficult to find. Its not deep, nor is it bad. It actually looks like he's just taken a tiny bit of hair off -- no blood/skin -- so I'm wondering if he did trip? Only because this sore is there and indicating that his tripped, I couldn't find the right words for that sentence. Sorry. But hopefully everyone will get what I mean :)

I think the vets out around 4-ish ((Earliest she can get out)). I'm off to school but mums going to keep checking on him and will text me threw out the day with how he is going.

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post #23 of 42 Old 05-05-2010, 05:43 PM
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The only way to tell where the lameness is is a flexion test and systematic blocking of the affected leg, an ultrasound and X-rays.
I am glad you are having the vet out and good luck on diagnosis.
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Thankyou anebel, I will update as soon as I get home from the vet this afternoon.

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post #25 of 42 Old 05-05-2010, 05:53 PM
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One of our horses was lame on the front and we could not find the problem. Full vet check tons of x-rays ugh. The problem turned out that his hoof was not balanced correctly. This is before I had a natural trimmer. Anyway it was an ever so slight imbalance but it caused him soreness in his shoulder and caused him to be off slightly. Expensive lesson. Just a thought for you to check that out.
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post #27 of 42 Old 05-06-2010, 03:52 AM Thread Starter
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I rung the vet again this afternoon, she is in surgery with a VERY sick horse. So I couldn't really get a chance to talk to her about what to do. But she will be calling back as soon as possible. We are also on the urgent list for appointments as it has been over 24 hours since we first contacted a vet.
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Maddie, whats the scale of his lameness? 0 (being undetectable) to 10 (not bearing weight on that leg at all)
I'm thinking because of the weather it might just be a strain, but with the heat in the fetlock, it could be an abcess. Check around the coronet band for swelling, pus etc. Could you upload these photos? We might see something that your missing.
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Did the vet make it out? What was the prognosis?
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When I have a lame horse with no obvious cause I call the farrier first and if the farrier thinks it's not in the hoof or can't solve it then I call the vet. I have never actually had to call the vet. 90% of the time if there is no sign of injury the problem is in the hoof. I had a mare that was so lame she wouldn't bear wieght on one front foot so I took her to the vet and they cut out the abcess and wrapped her foot. I had to saok the foot in epson salts and change the dressing every day for a week. The bill was over $100. A week later the same horse was lame on the other front foot but this time I called a farrier. He came out and gave me a bottle of hoof dressing to put on the sole of her hoof. He charged me $10 for the ointment that I applied once a day and the next day she was walking sound on it.

That's just my experience though.
I agree. For a non-obvious lameness problem, I would always have an experienced farrier be the first contact. To be honest, they just see/work on more feet everyday than a vet ever would (and a good vet will tell you that, too).

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