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post #1 of 14 Old 01-02-2013, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Horse is limping in the snow what should i do

Hi, I'm new to this site I hope I'm posting this in the right place I hope ya'll can help me out, I have an 13 year old appaloosa mare with very tender front feet ! when i turn her out of the barn she trots around rolls and then starts to limp and hold her foot up but she's fine in the barn ? whenever her hoof packs with snow she limps shes the same in the mud she has a size 0 shoe on should i take her shoes off ? Or put on 2 snow pads ? Please help me out ! Thanks (:
(Im sure there is nothing wrong in her hoof or legs because shes very sound the only time she limps is when its muddy or snowy other then that shes been fine all summer and fall !
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-03-2013, 12:42 AM
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Something is wrong if she's limping or she wouldn't be lame in the snow and mud.
Need to get the vet out for lameness exam.
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sounds like when there is frog pressure, she is sore. Most likely something wrong. I agree, get your farrier to do an exam.
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I would ask your farrier his/her opinion. i would say adding pads might be a good idea, or maybe the frog is to long. get your farrier out, or mention it next time they come
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Originally Posted by spirit88 View Post
Something is wrong if she's limping or she wouldn't be lame in the snow and mud.
Need to get the vet out for lameness exam.
The farrier has looked at her he said everything was perfect , she has very tender feet but I was wondering if she should go barefoot or have snow pads , when she's in her box stall she's fine all summer I use to train her for an hour a night and she never limped its only when her hooves get packed when I clean them out she stops limping. I read on here that if she has no shoes the hoof won't pack up ? This is her second winter with me last winter she had no shoes and she was fine,
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post #6 of 14 Old 01-03-2013, 01:49 PM
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Maybe try hoof boots your farrier could measure her hoofs for you.
Worth a try but only leave them on for no more then 12 hours.
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My vote is that she doesn't like to walk on snowballs, which could have numerous causes. Since she is fine as soon as you take the ice out of her foot, I really wouldn't be too upset. If she was fine without shoes last year, that would be the first thing I would try, and while the farrier is there to pull the shoes, I would mention it to him. My guess-and it is just that-would be that perhaps the snowball changes the balance of her foot in sch a way that she is uncomfortable in her pastern, cannon.....something like that. Just a guess. Good luck

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post #8 of 14 Old 01-03-2013, 02:04 PM
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Id say let her go barefoot again or put snow pads on, or pads year round. Check for thrush in the heels/commisures/frog as well if you havent already.
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post #9 of 14 Old 01-03-2013, 02:13 PM
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If you are going to have shoes on in the winter you need to have studs and snow pads as the snow packing in their shoes is very hard on their joints. And the studs stop them from doing the Bambi on ice routine. So my guess is her joints are sore from the snow balls and slipping around on ice.
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post #10 of 14 Old 01-03-2013, 03:23 PM
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Until you can have your farrier pull the shoes or put snow pads on, put petroleum jelly on the soles of her hooves to keep the ice from balling up.
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