Originally Posted by Cherie
Can you be more specific about the coffin bone abnormality? There are things like 'pedal osteitis', old fractures -- lots of variations of coffin bone problems. Can you post the x-rays?
Many times the coffin bone can be stabilized by just putting on a bar shoe and clips that does not allow the hoof to expand on contact with the ground. The downside is that the hoof gradually contracts. I would probably try a regular shoe first.
I would also 'roll the toe' so the there is less leverage on the hoof as the horse breaks over on it. I would also settle for just pleasure riding until you see how much improvement the shoe makes.
You will need to shoe both hind feet (minus any bar if one is used) to get even and balanced movement. Other wise, you will get other soundness problems.
For what its worth, I also did not find other comments very helpful.
I haven't seen the x-rays yet, my vet is showing me them tomorrow; all he told me is that the coffin bone is kind of odd shaped as a result from an old injury =[ I will post the x-rays once I get them, though!
We've only been doing walk-trot work with him for the past 3 months because he wasn't accepting the bit and was just too much on his forehand, so we started back at basics and have been making him use his hindquarters more. My trainer thinks this is what sparked his lameness because the whole reason he was more on his forehand to begin with was because if he put too much weight on his back legs it hurt him.
And he's not even close to be dead lame or anything; at first we only noticed it at the walk, he was just stabbing his leg slightly and very slightly hiking it a bit at the trot. He's been on stall rest for a week and there's already improvement. I'm just hoping the shoeing will work.