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    11-09-2011, 03:38 PM
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So today I had the vet out to give Moose a wellness check and give him his rabies shot. I don't know any of his previous history mind you beside the fact that he came from Pennsylvania at and auction, went to another auction in New Jersey, and ended up here in New York.

So the vet was looking over his legs and he has a pulse-in all of them. He is only 6 so he shouldn't have a pulse in his legs. She said she suspects that his feet were neglected for a very, very long time and when the guy got his feet done before I bought him they trimmed off way too much which is causing him to be sore on all of his feet. His front feet look like pancakes and I assumed they were neglected at some point already judging from the butchered farrier job that was done before I got him.

Does this seem like he could just be sore? I mean the vet didnt tell me not to ride or anything. All she said was have the farrier come by regularly and give him a trim, he may need shoes as well, but that's all she really said. I've ridden him the last three days and we walked, trotted, and cantered (not long) as well as trotted the barrel pattern and he is extremely heavy on his feet (but I figured its from his crappy farrier job) he doesnt seem extremely ouchy or sore footed when riding. And he never comes up lame at all which is the weirder thing.

Im hoping its really how his feet were maintained in the past and im praying he's not abcessing or going lame. Im hoping with regular farrier work they will be able to fix this but What does this sound like to you guys? I can get pics if needed.
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    11-09-2011, 03:42 PM
Well, I should hope he'd have a pulse. At least his heart is still beating!

If you mean an elevated digital pulse, the first thing I'd suspect is laminitis, especially with neglected feet. What did the vet say, besides "he's got a pulse"? Did she mention founder as a possibility?
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    11-09-2011, 03:47 PM
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I guess right above his hoof theres a pulse? She didnt really explain to me in great detail. All she said was theres a pulse when she was checking over his legs and that her first suspision is that his feet were neglected and to have the farrier out and give him regular trimmings, if it isnt resolved with regular trimmings then to call her and shell have to come out and run some tests. She was showing me one of his from hooves and you can see where it was growing down then theres like a line that shoots to the left. She didnt say anything about founder.
Sorry if im not making sence!
    11-09-2011, 03:51 PM
Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots    
i guess right above his hoof theres a pulse?
Digital pulse.

Good article -

Equine Digital Pulses How and Why
    11-09-2011, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by mls    
Digital pulse.

Good article -

Equine Digital Pulses How and Why

THanks. She didnt give me great detail all she kept saying was pulse, pulse, pulse...
    11-09-2011, 04:05 PM
Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots    
THanks. She didnt give me great detail all she kept saying was pulse, pulse, pulse...
Ask her!
    11-09-2011, 05:11 PM
Green Broke
I should have! :s didnt really think about it then. Duh!
Anyone else!?
    11-09-2011, 06:31 PM
I can feel pulses in all feet on all horses unless they've been out standing in the snow or cold water. If his pulses were stronger than normal, it could be a problem, but only if HE is showing you a problem with lameness, soreness, unwillingness to work, etc. Their pulses can be increased if they've been trailered within the past few hours, been worked, or been running about their pastures like loons too, and in those situations, it's normal and expected.

Put it in perspective- if the vet hadn't said anything about his digital pulses, would you think there was anything wrong with him? If no, just make sure you take care of his feet properly and don't worry too much about it. If yes, then call your vet more and get more info!
    11-09-2011, 08:13 PM
Green Broke
I've suspected his feet are sore only very slightly though because they were trimmed horribly ( like they had grown for a very Long while and whoever did his feet before I bought him tried to make it look as if he kept up on maintaining his feet) so alot was cut off and one time nd I think it's making him sore. But he's willing to work and after work he doesn't limp and has never come up lame since I got him 3 weeks ago. The only thing tht made me notice his soreness was 1- he won't canter on a lunge line in the round pen counter clockwise (where as hell do it clockwise) and 2- he limped 2 steps when I brought him out of his pasture into the barn to groom him. That's it. My only suspicion is that the farrier did a bad job and just trimmed his feet too short at one time nd that's what the problem is because if he was absessing it wouldn't be in all 4 feet at once, right?
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    11-10-2011, 07:24 PM
I agree with what everyone has said above. No, I would not ride him until his feet are done, or you may cause unnecessary pain.

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