Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: pacific northwest
• Horses: 0
Well, I just got back from the barn and Lily is no better and no worse. She was demanding breakfast so I knew I'd have to check her out while she was eating. She is in good spirits though. I rubbed, massaged and pressed on her back, shoulders, hips, and legs and she never flinched or smarted. Her hooves are not the least bit warm. She wasn't crazy about me picking up either of her front hooves which leaves me a little suspicious as she is normally great about that, however she was eating so maybe she just wanted to be left alone. If she is still not wanting her hooves picked up and weight transferred to her other hooves would that indicate a back issue or would that indicate a sore hoof? I'm going back in an hour or so and I will put her in the cross-ties and really look at her hooves as well as more body rubbing (she'll probably like that part).
I called the farrier, who is scheduled to come out next week, and she suggested to soak her hoof in epsom salts about 20 min. per day and to let her know if there is no improvement in the next couple of days. This should be an interesting task beings that Lily is true to her Arabian heritage (desert horse) and does not like to get her hooves wet!