Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Not sure if you've already covered this or not, but it could be an abscess? My horse had the same thing. He was limping when he walked, was always lifting his leg up when standing still, yet there was no heat, swelling, nothing. I phoned up my farrier and got her out instead of the vet(which saved me tons of $$$) anyways, she ended up making a little hole in his hoof, and I had to soak it in a little more than warm water, with 1-2 cups of epsom salt for 20-30 minutes, twice a day. It draws out any infection etc... Anyways, after that, I was instructed to use the animalintex poultice, put a layer of duct tape on that, then wrap around the entire hoof with vet wrap(getting the heel in as well, or it will just slip off, and being careful about the tightness over the coronet band) And then I would wrap that again in duct tape with about 3-5 layers to make it "water proof", with the strips of duct tape switching from horizontal layers, to vertical layers.
The abscess never did blow out of the top of his hoof, or his heel, but drained from the hole my farrier made, which saved him from lots of pain. Anyways, as soon as I got that done, he had stopped limping maybe 3 days later?
If you have any more questions, feel free to ask! I hope I could have been some help to you :)
Let me know what happens with your mare :)