10-30-2012, 08:08 AM
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We have our horses shod with SX8s. These are thicker and heavier than most shoes and they are usually worn out and will not reset.
I would say you have a farrier problem and I would call him up and not a Vet -- at least yet.
You can check for a 'hot' nail by holding up the hoof and tapping on each nail head with a small hammer. Do this on the sound foot first so you know what his 'normal' reaction is. Then tap on each nail head and if he jerks more on one, you can have someone pull just that nail out. If it is a hot nail, that will be all that is needed. If the nail comes out 'dry', it was just up against the quick. If it comes out wet and/or smells bad, it has a small abscess pocket. This is doubtful as those horses are usually 3-legged lame.
Other ways your farrier could have sored him up is if he is still one of those that 'soles out' a horse, he could have thinned his sole too much. If he soles out horses, change farriers. We do not let any farrier touch a horses sole with a knife.
He could have changed his angles too much. While he may not have liked his old shoeing job, the horse was sound in his old shoes. You can sore one up by dropping a horse's heels 1 or 2 degrees and straining the deep flexor tendons. You can sore one up by setting the shoes too far out on the toes. We always set shoes back nearly to the white line so the horse breaks over quickly and puts less strain on the flexor tendons. Some even need the toe of the shoe ground down and 'rolled' so the horse can break over even more quickly.
There is a lot more to shoeing a horse than making the feet look good. The horse has to be comfortable with the angles, the break-over and the landing. More horse shoers have crippled horses than accidents.