My boyfriend and I are owned by a flock of animals ranging from cats, dogs, fish and horses. We have 5 horses, two TN Walkers and 3 Quarter Horses. One of our Tennessee Walkers, Misty, we're having a problem with. Misty is a chronically foundered mare. About a year ago, we had a farrier (ex farrier now) come out and do some trimming on her. He stood her up so far on her toes, it caused her tendons in her legs to bow. She was lame for 3 months before the swelling started to go down and she was able to walk, slowly. Needless to say, after he did that to her, we no longer use him.
We've moved on to a wonderful farrier who preaches natural hoof care and natural trimming. We don't shoe any of our horses as they all walk around on nice, soft grass with the occasional puddle of mud or patch of pea gravel. We don't show or breed any of our horses either. They are just 1200 lb yard ornaments.
Anyway, about 2 months ago, Misty started having issues with her fetlock joint popping forward. The only way I can describe it on this board, without posting photos is if you stand with your knees locked, then slightly bend your knees forward. Our farrier says she's trying to take the pressure off her legs thanks to what our former farrier did to her.
We're looking for a support brace/boot for Misty to keep her fetlock back in place. If anyone has any ideas or similar stories, we're all ears. We live in an extremely rural area about 60 miles from the closest "big" city and vets won't come out to this part of the area where we live. Misty is not able to be trailered for an hour or more to ride into town to see a vet. So unless by some miracle we can get a vet out, I don't know what to do. We did almost get one vet out, but it's a 200 mile round trip for her and she charged $3 per mile plus an off site office visit, and x-rays. She stood us up, so we didn't go back to her.
I don't expect Misty to ever be able to be rode again and I don't want to ride her again. I've got 4 others I can ride. I just want to see her walk without pain and without any stiffness and I know that fetlock joint popping over has got to hurt.
I do have photos of what Misty is doing if anyone wants me to email them to you or if it's okay and if HTML tags are allowed, I'd post them here.