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  • Horse sore from stomping flies
  • Sore hooves stomping flies

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    06-01-2012, 02:08 PM
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She looks sore to me...but where?

Corona has been out of work for about a month and a half because she was looking a little thin and we've been adjusting her diet/getting her teeth floated to help her out. She's back up to her ideal weight and looking fantastic, but when I went out to ride her today she was doing some strange things with her legs. When I first tied her she was fine, but as I started brushing and tacking her up, she started fidgeting a lot. She keeps switching her weight from foot to foot, and occasionally lifts one of her forelecks, extends it out, and holds it up in the air for 3-5 seconds before putting it back down again. At first I thought she was just being fidgetty, since she's always been a bit of a pain when tied, but she kept doing it.

I went ahead and got on her with the idea that she might just be stiff, and warmed her up really well. She doesn't FEEL sore, and when a friend watched her she wasn't moving awkwardly or anything, but I can't help but think theres something off here. I just did a short walk-trot ride and cooled her out really well, then brought her back. I checked her over and didn't see any swelling or feel heat. Washed her legs off, then put her back up. She still did a little of the shifting around after the ride, though not as much, so I'm just not sure.

Heres a video (click it) of before the ride to show a little of what she was doing.

StallionsSourKittens059.mp4 video by asylumescapee95 - Photobucket

Not sure if it matters, but she's a six year old ASB mare. I also tapped each of her feet to see if it might be a problem there, but no sensativity. What do you guys think?
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    06-01-2012, 02:14 PM
Maybe this is a stupid question, but are you sure it wasn't to get rid of flies? The flies are brutal on my mare's legs and she stomps exactly like this to get rid of them.

As for shifting weight, I notice my horses do this more when they are due for a trim as well.
    06-01-2012, 02:49 PM
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That could be possible! I didn't even think of it. I didn't see any on her, but then again I wasn't looking either, and they have such sensative skin. I'll try spraying her and see if that helps.

And yes, she's due for a trim as well. Its been about six weeks and her hooves (especially the back ones) tend to grow really fast in the spring for whatever reason. I'll see about getting her trimmed and go from there. Thanks for the two suggestions ^^
    06-01-2012, 03:56 PM
I agree with Attachships. She's acting just like my horses do when the flies and the noseeums are bothering them.
    06-02-2012, 04:24 PM
I'd get those feet done, and put on some flyspray, and then see how it goes. If she's still doing it, she might be starting to get some mild arthritis, though she's young, so unless she was worked hard before you got her...?
If you're worried still, try putting her on some MSM (it's like $6 a month). It should help with minor stiffness.
    06-02-2012, 09:48 PM
Back feet are looking "all toe". Not sure if your farrier would be open to bringing those toes back a little or not, but if there is discomfort, might be more back end than front end... She did just look buggy, itchy in front.
    06-02-2012, 09:54 PM
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Yeah, theres a specific reason that the farrier leaves a lot of toe, though I can't remember what it is- but they generally aren't that long. She's very due for a farrier and he's supposed to be coming on Tuesday afternoon. I can ask about it though!

She was a trained header (I don't know why...she's a ASB after all. But then again the old owner swore up and down that she was a QH, yet she's gaited.... >.>) when we bought her at five years old, and has been working stince she was long two year old. Not extremely hard though, but that doesn't mean its not artheritis.

I sprayed her down with fly spray this morning before riding her, and she almost completely stopped shifting around, except for occasionall lifting those front feet- so I'm thinking you guys were right. I'll keep looking for signs of swelling or lameness just in case though. Thanks so much! Im not sure why I didnt think of that before xD
    06-02-2012, 10:24 PM
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I agree that it's probably flies, but another reason for a hrose to stomp it's feet and swish its' tail alot is intestinal distress, such as colic.
    06-02-2012, 10:33 PM
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You know- I've heard that. Our gelding Cowboy did that a lot when he was colicing from sand too, although it was directly aimed at his belly.

She's eating, pooping (she actually launched some poop and very nasty gas at me earlier when I was trying to spray her hocks XD) and farting as usual though, so I'm thinking it probably was just the flies.

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