My Baby's acting a bit lame ! :(

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    01-03-2010, 12:56 PM
My Baby's acting a bit lame ! :(

I took off his front shoes for the winter, thinking it'd be safer, and now my baby is acting like he's walking on glass and lifts them up very daintly. Very sore. :(

I was suggested to put sugar and betadine on it... to toughen his hooves up. His back are fine.. its only his front.

Im very worried 'cause he's never been lame before, and I don't want him to start. And .. he's my first horse. Its heart breaking to see him in pain...

I left him for stall rest today.. anything else reccomended?
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    01-03-2010, 01:03 PM
Sugar and Betadine are usually used for treatment of an abscess. It's pine tar that's going to toughen them up.

What is his weight like? When was the last time he was unshod? Why was he shod in the first place?

If he has otherwise good feet and has not been shod continuously for over a few years then I would suspect founder. He could also have abscessed from stone bruises. Talk to your farrier or vet, or both.
My advice in the interim is to see if he has pulses under the fetlock, and if he does start cold hosing and phone the vet immediately. If you catch founder quickly the prognosis can be good.

Good luck!
    01-03-2010, 01:05 PM
If he has had shoes on consistently for a few years I would say he's just ouchy. I pull my mare's shoes every winter and she gets a bit ouchy in the spring when I start riding again, until I can get the farrier out. I wouldn't put him on stall rest, though. I would leave him be and maybe put a half a gram of bute in his feed for a day or two. He should be fine.
    01-03-2010, 01:07 PM
;_; Ohh I hope he dosent have that. At least I don't think...

Uhm well I bought him shod. He's been shod ever since I've had him. I heard it could be a good idea to unshod him for the winter then re-shod him back in spring. Turns out... he's a flat footed horse and may need to have them back on.. oh and his weight? Er.. I don't remember.. exactly 1050 ? Im not sure..I have to double check.

Pine tar.. where could I get that?
    01-03-2010, 01:09 PM
Well my farrier said he would be a little ouchy at first.. but I had other people look at him and said they reccomended having them on. D:

I just want him to be okay ! :'(
    01-03-2010, 01:38 PM
I think he will be fine. Are you riding him alot? How long have they been off? Have you given him time to adjust to not having shoes on?
    01-03-2010, 01:44 PM
I rode him once... before we took them off... and its been... a couple days..
    01-03-2010, 01:49 PM
Give it some more time. Annie takes up to a week, sometimes more to adjust. The way our barn is set up it's just not feasible to have the farrier out in the winter(not to mention he's 75!!), so we just pull shoes. After about a week or two if he's still ouchy then I would put shoes back on him. I don't really ride in winter, either. It's too cold for me lol. But he should be fine.
    01-03-2010, 01:52 PM
Alright... We'll have to see... keeping my fingers crossed
    01-08-2010, 02:14 PM
My mare has navicular, which is noticable in colder months on frozed ground.
P.S. A flat footed horse is a good thing.... You want the whole hoof touching the ground. You don't want a concave one.

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