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    10-03-2010, 11:26 AM
Hot front hooves!

I went to ride today and when I went to pick out my gelding's front hooves, they were both very warm - kind of like touching something that has been laying in the sun for awhile. He hadn't shown lame - when I went out to catch him he was chasing after one of the barn cats. I decided just to lunge him to see and he didn't show lame then either but was VERY grouchy about it.

He IS overweight - the vet didn't comment about it this Spring, but he has a bit of a gut and a thick neck... I can post a picture if wanted. I've cut him back to very small amount of grain (a cup so he doesn't feel left out) and to keep him from sharing my other horse's hay I seperate them - only in the evening though as my schedule only allows that.

It is fall, so no lush pasture... we did just get some rain, but it doesn't appear to have had much affect. He hasn't had access to a large amount of any grain or hay. My other gelding's hooves are not warm...

I know with his weight and the heat that can indicate laminitis, so I am concerned and I am hoping someone here has more experience to let me know if there is something else to look for...
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    10-03-2010, 12:39 PM
First you have to get a baseline on the hoof temperature. Remember that with work, the temperature will rise as the capillaries open up and the blood warms the hoof. This is a natural process. Also, you can take the digital pulse to determine if it is running too high which would indicate a problem.
    10-03-2010, 12:49 PM
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I would call the vet and get advice. Advice is free and they will let you know if he needs to be seen. :)
Laminitis isn't something you want to let sit to see if it works itself out so if that's what it is, the sooner you get him help the sounder he'll be.
    10-03-2010, 01:25 PM
What should the digital pulse normally be?

I'm going to call the vet tomorrow, since I doubt I can get a hold of anyone today.
    10-03-2010, 02:31 PM
The digital pulse rate should be the same as the heart rate, but what you're really feeling for is quality. You want it to be fairly light and it isn't unusual to not feel a very strong digital pulse. If it is increased or "bounding" then you need to be very concerned. The way one of our clinicians describes a bounding pulse is imagine the worst throbbing headache you've ever had... it feels like that, kind of throbbing.

I would go ahead and cold hose the feet for a while 10-15 minutes each a couple of times today just to be sure. If he is fine it won't hurt and if he's not fine it will help. Good luck!
    10-03-2010, 08:40 PM
Sounds like laminitis to me but I don't know without seeing the horse
I know they can founder in the fall if grass starts growing again after a
Hot dry spell.
But a lot less likely than in the spring.

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