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    10-19-2008, 10:51 PM
Lame on hard surfaces

I have recenlty bought mjy Quarterhorse Gelding who is 16.1 hh and nine years old has not been in work since he was two and still has not really been able to be worked since I got him a month ago.
He came with no shoes but was told that she always shod him because the outside of his front left foot grows much faster than the inside which causes him to walk on a bad angle and goes lame.
His front foot was not in the best condition the white line at the toe looked like it was pushed in and he had severe flair on both front feet.
I had him barefoot trimmer which is a relatively new concept to me but where I agist suggested that I go with this method and so I did some investigating into it and really liked the concept.
He is now walking around his paddock alot better than he was before the trim, however when walking from the stable to the paddock there is a concrete driveway I cross over as well as some river rocks next to a pond which both make him limp quite dramatically. Don't want to ride him like this what should I do he has easy boot epics and when I put these on him he still limped on that leg on the concrete is he doing it out of anticipation?
Thanks sorry its so long
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    10-19-2008, 11:32 PM
He may be tender from the recent trim and not having any callus built up. Some time may help with regular trims, but I would ask your trimmer. Maybe there is a physical issue with just that foot that an experienced eye and hand might see.
    10-20-2008, 03:16 PM
A conservative "transition" time frame you can expect is up to a year. This is the time that the hooves adjust to not having shoes on. Some horses adjust much quicker. Some horses always need boots on rocks, depending on a lot of things, like what kind of ground they are on the most, etc. Your trimmer probably (should have) explained this to you. The longer the horse has been in shoes, the longer time it may take.

Concrete can highlight the lack of sufficient sole having built up (magnifies pain if your horse has a rotated coffin bone, or weak hoof walls) since there's not enough sole material to cushion the bones in the hoof from the ground. In dirt, hooves do sink into it, even if it seems like hard ground, a little and the toe digs in the most as the hoof breaks over in motion.
Could be your horse needs more time to build sole up. Or it could be showing a need for the trimmer to take the toe back a little more. Concrete will create a longer breakover point than dirt or turf. Won't hurt to ask your trimmer about it and have him/her watch what you are talking about. Usually if it's sole issues, the boots help, but your horse may even need foam pad inserts for a while to make him more comfortable. The inserts are cheap, btw.
    10-20-2008, 06:51 PM
Ok thanks my boots I have do have gaiter pads in them, the trimmer couldn't see any bruising on the sole but im going to put venice of turpentine on his hoof to see if I can draw anything to the surface.
Thanks for the advice.
    10-21-2008, 01:15 PM
Venice Turpentine doesn't draw out infection. It's just a resin coating that can provide a temporary, very thin layer to help protect the sole. It helps in very mildly tender horses after a trim.

Try Ichthammol for a drawing salve, or try soaking in epsom salts or cider vinegar to draw out any potential abscesses.

Gaitor pads, do you mean the flap that helps hold the pastern wrap? That's not a cushion pad, just a tab to hold the wrap. Or do you have foam pads about 1/4in thick?
    10-21-2008, 07:48 PM
He has pads that I bought as well as his easy boot epics that I insert in the bottom of the boot there pretty thick so I would think were talking about that same thing. Im soaking his foot twice a day at the moment in Epsom Salts but it doesn't seem to be making a difference. Im thinking about maybe getting the vet out to have a look at it although he really isn't lame in his paddock he runs around silly in there so maybe he just needs a bit more time to get used to being barefoot.
    10-22-2008, 11:01 PM
Yes, a little time is sometimes all that's needed. He had bad flares, so he could have very thin soles and the concrete just magnifies the pressure points. Still, if after a couple of weeks,he's still gimpy on concrete, I'd have it looked to more thoroughly. And abscesses don't always come much quicker with soaking. It seems to help sometimes, but others, short of cutting away at the foot, there's not much that resolves them until they are ready. And yes, it could be a bruise that may never abscess and go away shortly.

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