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    10-20-2011, 11:31 AM
Lame after grabbing front shoe

I am hoping for advice on a situation with my OTTB. We are working with a dressage coach and learning to do a better bringing his hind end under him and reach. While I was practicing asking for an extended trot on Sunday, he overreached and his back left grabbed his left front shoe. He nearly fell…I mean really almost a full face-plant, but he managed to use his right front to push himself up. We walked a little and he seemed fine. Then I asked him to trot and he felt very “off” going to the right.

I dismounted immediately and discovered he had pulled his left front shoe which was a little bent on the corner. Someone helped me pull the loose nail out. He walked normally back to his paddock and I called the farrier. No riding for 2 days until the farrier came, which was yesterday.

Farrier fixed the shoe and said other than a tiny bruise where its bent, all feet looked fine. No heat, swelling in any leg or foot. He’s standing square and walking perfectly normal. So, after being shod, I got on him last night. To the left, he felt perfect in the trot. When we went to the right, he was head-bobbing lame. I dismounted and called the farrier. He really doesn’t think its his foot, because his LEFT shoe was grabbed, and he is fine going left. The farrier believes that when he almost fell, he likely strained his shoulder catching his fall. His second theory is a check ligament on the right leg, again due to the fall.

Farrier recommends several days off and try him again. If lameness the same, he’s going to come back and pull his shoes and rule that out.

Do you think I should just assume his overreaching accident did this and give him some time off? I know that from now on I need to use bell boots, too.
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    10-20-2011, 11:44 AM
What you discribed sounds like what the farrier thinks... over strained shoulder or muscle in the right leg. I would personally take all shoes off and let him rest for a week then ride him barefoot for a while and see if it was corrected if so I would put shoes back on then, but not before. Either way give him rest maybe some cold hose and massaging would also help

Hope he feels better soon :)
    10-20-2011, 04:42 PM
Does the fact that there is no visible swelling or heat mean it likely isnt too serious? And walking you cannot detect a thing. He only "bobs" when trotting to the right.

I find it weird that he pulled off his left shoe, but he's off to the right.
    10-20-2011, 05:01 PM
I have seen other horses do it. That's why I prefer my guys to stay barefoot or in boots.
If your really concerned and worried call the vet. They would be able to tell you if anything is causing him certain pain or a chiro.

But from what you said he probably is just sore. I am not sure if you ever pulled a quad but sometimes you can walk fine but when you try to run that's another story. Just give him some rest and see how he is in 3-4 days. Massaging and soreness creams can probably help as well.

Does he stand even?? Like does he put weight evenly on all four or does he look unbalanced??
    10-20-2011, 05:05 PM
The farrier came to analyze your last question. He said that he is standing perfectly square. He said that he is walking completely sound and not favoring anything. He checked his feet and didnt find anything abnormal. He is only "off" at the trot to the right. The farrier thinks that when he grabbed his left shoe, he must have used his right front to break his fall and strained it. But there's no swelling. I'm giving him time off and will lunge him on Sunday to see if still lame. If not improved, the vet is already scheduled for Monday.
    10-20-2011, 05:17 PM
Then you are set... all you can do now is wait... but it is strange with no swelling... but some horses are more tolerant to pain at walk and standing and others aren't. So maybe you have a pain tolerant horse... :/
    10-20-2011, 05:20 PM
Yes, his vet says he is very stoic.
    10-20-2011, 05:24 PM
Hahaha then congrats... my horses are little babies :p but I do hope he feels better soon
    10-21-2011, 09:25 AM
I learned some new information that is helpful. Apparently, when a horse grabs a foot, its very possible that the lameness can present on the other side. That is because they may be trying to avoid one part of their foot, so it feels like the other side. So, he grabbed his left foot. He feels off trotting to the right. I can still be because of the left foot having a minor bruise.

Anyway, vet coming Monday. I hope it is just a bruised foot from the grabbing. That is easier than a check ligament! Still absolutely no swelling or heat anywhere. Walking perfect, standing square.
    10-21-2011, 09:26 AM
Well that is very good news!!!

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