I need help, D: My horse is lame,and we've tryed everything.WORRIED. :(

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I need help, D: My horse is lame,and we've tryed everything.WORRIED. :(

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    07-16-2009, 09:02 PM
I need help, D: My horse is lame,and we've tryed everything.WORRIED. :(

Well, I just recently aquired a strawberry roan, quarter horse gelding. He's never been shod, and just a week ago, he was shod. Now, he's been laying down, and walking incredibly stiff, and yet no heat is in his hoof or foreleg. It only affects his front left leg, and we can't clean his other hoof for the fact that he wont even put weight on it. We've thought it was laminitis, but there are no rings on his hoof, and we're still leaning towards an absess on his foot. We've given him bute, and he seems okay after that. And I also thought today if it was a Salt Deficiency, because he was eagerly licking the ground for salt today, and when I gave him a salt block he licked it for ten minutes straight. Any ideas to what this might be? Sorry if its long :(, im just very worried.
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    07-16-2009, 09:13 PM
Have you removed the shoe to see if that's what's causing the problem? One of the nails could be placed wrong and causing him pain.
    07-16-2009, 09:19 PM
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Have your farrier back out. Have both of his shoes pulled (give him a good dose of Bute 30 minutes before the farrier works, and talk to your vet about Ace).

He could have a nail that went in too close to the hoof capsule. If so, then he should so imediate improvement once the shoe is off.

Laminitis will not show rings on the feet for weeks, or even months. There doesn't have to be heat in the foot either. If pulling the shoes doesn't help and your farrier can't find a cause for the lameness, then call your vet.
    07-16-2009, 11:21 PM
I also think the shoes need to come off get your farrier back out, why did you have him shod if he didnt wear them when you got him?? Just wondering.
    07-17-2009, 04:04 PM
Thanks you guys. We got him shod because the used-to-be owner of the horse was bringing in the farrier so we just decided to shoe it. He seems to be on the mend, we gave him some salt last night, and some bute, and cooled his leg down with some menthol gel, and we've been soaking it in some warm water and all in all we've just been making him rest it. Now his stride is stronger and more graceful, so im thinking that he's getting better. :) Thanks everyone for replying.

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