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post #1 of 5 Old 03-30-2010, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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Please, I need help with Annie's feet :(

This is the softest stall-baby I've ever seen, and it makes me sad just watching her move. And with the rain, the pasture is muddy and I can't get her out to the Boarding Barn because the owner isn't there for a few more days.

It's getting so bad she can barely sift through the mud. We got her front shoes with silicone pads and now she's walking fine on her front, but her back legs have gotten worse. She limps and is very ouchy on both her back feet. She sits down right on her frog so every time she steps on a hard surface it hurts and she'll limp. I can't even take her across the driveway anymore to move from one pasture to another.

She also has a crack across her front foot. I got some stuff to seal it up and its been working (And melting off my nailpolish ) but I can tell it still bothers her sometimes.

I'm giving her Biotin with her normal weight gain supplement (Racehorses, I swear it's like putting weight on a skeleton) and high performance grain. I have a pair of easy boots but she doesn't like them and I can't leave them on in the pasture. I feel bad riding her in the arena, even though she's not ouchy there.

Is there anything else I can do? The feed store has some liquid stuff that smells of Barbeque and is supposed to harden feet if you spread it on daily. (Not moisturizer, which is what I thought it was when I first looked. Looks and smells exactly like our can of Rain Maker)

Please, help. I can get her to a stall in a few days but I still need to harden her feet somehow. She's gonna kill herself waddlign around in that pasture at this rate.

God, mafter this I may never let her touch mud again. This is such a nightmare :(

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-30-2010, 01:02 PM
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Have I missed previous posts about this horse and the foot problems? I don't understand what's going on. She's foot sore in all four feet because of trimming/shoeing problems? She's laminitic? She's flat-soled?

Got any pictures? Video?
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-30-2010, 01:59 PM
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Sounds like she has soft, sensitive soles. IF you have ruled out laminitis, founder, abscesses, etc which if you have special pads on her then I assume you have...Then I would definitely try some turpentine or some form of hoof hardening stuff to slather on. It isn't going to create miracles but it will help a little to toughen up those feet. I would also get her feed checked and/or start her on a multivitamin to make sure she has no hidden deficiencies. Pretty much strengthen the whole horse and her immune system if she's underweight, as she is probably very susceptible to inflammation and pain. Is this a horse that you are going to need to go barefoot with or is 4 shoes a realistic endeavor? The added protection of the shoe if she IS stepping right on her frog will really help. I also suggest if she is sound and pain free in the ring to ride her as much as possible. The concussion of normal riding even on a soft surface will help to toughen up her feet a little too as well as help her build muscle and gain weight. As for a weight supplement I have had good luck with a muscle/weight builder called Fat Cat and it's relatively inexpensive. Also, beet pulp is a good way to add weight and not energy. Let us know how she does!
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-30-2010, 02:09 PM
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Venice turpentine.

I will say I am sure the discomfort is burning calories.
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-30-2010, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, you guys. :)

I am nearly positive that she's not having any other problems like founder or laminitis. Even in the summer she's ouchy but its just the mud has been hard on her this winter. And like I said, she's not ouchy in the arena or on the track just on gravel or hard surfaces.

I'll be trying every single one of those ideas. Annie's my baby girl and I don't like it when her feet hurt like this. :(

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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