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    04-15-2009, 09:32 PM
Exclamation Please help! Very lame mare.

I got a message from one of the girls in my paddock this morning to tell me that Candy was lame. I headed out and she's looking really bad on her off hind (reluctant to bare weight). There was nothing obvious, no cuts or wounds or even any swelling. The only thing I could find was a bit of heat in her fetlock. I can't get onto the vet as of yet, does anyone have any suggestions? I gave her some hay and put her back in the paddock. Perhaps she was kicked?
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    04-15-2009, 09:41 PM
I'd say cold hose the leg for 20 minutes at a time, a few times a day. Heat will usually result in swelling, so the hose should help deter that. You can also give her some bute for the pain and swelling until the vet can make it out, and give her stall rest.

I'd also take pictures from day to day, so the vet can see how the swelling has progressed over the days.

Good luck, hope she's all right.
    04-15-2009, 11:23 PM
Yes, cold hose the leg for 15-20 minutes twice a day. If it starts to swell, I would wrap it to help keep the swelling down. Did she recently get new shoes? Hoof abscess?
    04-16-2009, 06:07 AM
Thanks alot for your help guys,

The vet has diagnosed her with an infection due to a crack in her hoof and said the crack could cause problems for the rest of her life =[. She's on a course of oral antibiotics for 5 days and if she's no better, they will have to drop her and rasp the hoof back and put a quarter shoe on.
Has anyone delt with infections before?
    04-16-2009, 07:26 AM
What kind of infection is it?? Is it Thrush?? Koppertox is really good for treating thrush or bleach. Thrush is a fungus that spreads and eats away at the tissue. Usually really easy to resolve.
    04-16-2009, 07:47 AM
Im sure it is not thrush. If it's her fetlock that is swelling due to the crack then it is not thrush.
My old horse had thrush and a bowed tendon. What I did is ice the leg/fetlock, and put this one medicine on it put io forgot what it was called.
    04-16-2009, 08:42 AM
Wow, I have no advice but I just wanted to send you my good thoughts and wish you good luck. I hope everything turns out okay. :/
    04-16-2009, 08:53 AM
Green Broke
I would give her some bute or aspirin and cold hose the leg; that is, run cold water over the leg for 10-15 minutes. Or put it in an ice boot if you have one, for 15 minutes. Check her the next day and repeat if necessary. If it gets worse by the 3rd day, or swells more than just a little, call the vet out.
    04-16-2009, 09:14 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by SallyRC123    
Thanks alot for your help guys,

The vet has diagnosed her with an infection due to a crack in her hoof and said the crack could cause problems for the rest of her life =[. She's on a course of oral antibiotics for 5 days and if she's no better, they will have to drop her and rasp the hoof back and put a quarter shoe on.
Has anyone delt with infections before?
Well, good to hear you have a diagnosis. I would keep her outside in a paddock that is dry and hard (no mud). Outside ground is "cleaner" than stalls as far as bacteria go. I would ask the vet about soaking the hoof in epsom salts to kill any bacteria that gets in the crack, or using any other topical treatment.

I would talk to your farrier about sealing the crack with epoxy or whatever your side of the equator uses to rebuild damaged hoof wall. Also ask about a plate or mesh that can be epoxied or screwed on over the crack, to prevent it from cracking further.

I would put your horse on some hoof supplements and MSM or Yucca to help the hoof crack grow out quicker and reduce inflammation.

Good luck!
    04-16-2009, 09:14 AM
Infection due to a crack in the hoofwall. Hmmm, could be an anaerobic greeble. It could be an abscess due to the crack allowing the greebles in. I would soak the hoof in ACV/water, heavy on the ACV side. The easiest way to do that is with a hoofboot and an old sock. Dunk the sock in the mix, put the sock on the hoof(split/cutdown to cover the wall), then put the hoof boot on and pour in more of the mixture. Leave it on keeping it good and wet(so the sock stays soaked on the wall) for a couple hours if possible. I'd say once a day probably. Then I'd put on a poltice of betadine scrub/epsom salts(or sugardine) and wrap it. I would leave that on til the next soaking. Or something along those lines. It won't hurt a thing to do this and may help.

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