Lame Mare, Coronary Band Abscess, could it be a farrier problem????? - Page 3 - The Horse Forum

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post #21 of 52 Old 01-10-2009, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Here are pictures of the mare's feet after a different farrier trimmed them. This was done, yesterday. After observing the mare walking around she is still favoring that right front leg (white foot) a little, but not as much as she was two weeks ago. The one photo that has the red circle shows the spot where it opened up an abcess. By looking at these photos, I think I have noticed that we finally got that heel up off the ground and things pointing in the right direction.

The mare is out on pasture, as there is no stalls to keep up horses. Her pasture mate is the little red heifer that is shown in my avatar.

** IS there any improvement? IS this what a "Barefoot" trim is supposed to look like? Do you think that it will take time to actually get her back to normal?
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post #22 of 52 Old 01-10-2009, 03:10 PM
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That looks much better. I bet she is way more comfortable than she was before the trim.. She may be tender on the abscessed hoof off and on. Sometimes they reoccur. I'd like to see some sole shots as well as some from ground level (sides and front) with her on a solid surface, like cement. While they look good from the angle your pics show, I can't really judge from these pics. But, they do look much better with those long toes backed up..

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post #23 of 52 Old 01-11-2009, 12:03 AM
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I agree with appyt. They look 1000% better. I would stay with that farrier and hopefully, you will not have any more problems with lameness. She will probably favor that foot for a couple more weeks and it is entirely possible that it could relapse. Just keep an eye on her. She'll do great.

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post #24 of 52 Old 01-11-2009, 01:08 AM
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Yes, they do look a ton better but please post some pix of the sole, that's the hoof's map.
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post #25 of 52 Old 01-11-2009, 09:58 AM
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Yes, definite improvement. She's got to be a whole lot more comfortable now. Her feet aren't "normal" yet for sure, but it'll take a while and many trims for her to get there. I too would be interested in better shots.
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post #26 of 52 Old 01-12-2009, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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I have a couple more photos, but they are not available until I get my own computer to work properly. I hope to get them posted later this week.
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post #27 of 52 Old 01-13-2009, 03:01 PM
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Much, much better, but the heels need to come DOWN, not up. And the quarters are still too long, but it's a process. Can't do it all at once!!
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post #28 of 52 Old 01-13-2009, 09:14 PM
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Much better, she still needs some work, but you don't want to take everything off at once. I would stick with this farrier and she will have her feet straightened out in no time.
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post #29 of 52 Old 01-16-2009, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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Photos taken with cell phone. However, they are not too bad. Sorry for the number of pictures, I was trying to get what was requested. The main hoof that had the problem is the white hoof (front right) that is shown in the pictures.
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post #30 of 52 Old 01-16-2009, 10:08 AM
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Looks like a pretty good set up trim to me. I like the bevel be sure to have this trimmer back often to continue to stay on top of the trim. I do think a bit more wall needs to come off the outside quarter area. I see flare there and it appears to be out of balance in the pic. Might be the pic of course..

I am not surprised she is still having intermittent lameness. Abscesses will build, break open and drain then they will do it again if not all the junk comes out. Also the hoof is still under stress due to the damage that is being addressed now. All in all I think this trimmer is going to help your horse to regain her hoof health. It just takes time.. The hoof wall has to grow out, it cannot reconnect where the damage currently is, the flaring at the toe. ;)

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