Soft Feet & Lameness - All The Time!!!!

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  • Soft footed horse
  • Mare with soft feet and lame

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    07-27-2010, 02:48 PM
Soft Feet & Lameness - All The Time!!!!

So my mare Annie came off the track and she steps down totally flat on her frogs. She is so tender footed it's no wonder she didn't perform well on the turf.

First, she had to have all four feet with silicone pads and then normal shoes as well. STILL she tip toes her way around. God forbid I take the shoes off. She will literally lay down in the pasture and not move.

I gave asked several differant sources what was wrong. The vets all say it's not arthritis or joint problems, that it's definitely in the hoof itself. They can't offer anything besides "She's just really soft footed."

Suggestions please. She is one of my favorite to ride and she isn't that old. :/
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    07-27-2010, 03:04 PM
What testing did the vet do to determine that it was not arthritis or another joint issue?
    07-27-2010, 03:56 PM
Did the vets do x-rays to make sure she doesn't have a fracture, founder, navicular or any internal issues going on? I assume they did x-rays to check for arthritis, bone spurs, ringbone?

Poor horse. That sounds very not right :( Did they prescribe any pain killers or treatment?

Edit: Did you ask your farrier for suggestions? There are all kinds of corrective shoes and pads that may go beyond what she has on and be helpful. Poor thing!
    07-27-2010, 04:02 PM
I agree with Deerly, My horse has chronic founder and he has all the same issue's.
    07-29-2010, 01:20 PM
Yeah I had her x rayed. She has no signs of founder or any bone problems, nor arthritis.
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    07-29-2010, 01:32 PM
Did you do any ultrasound work to see if their is damage that does not show on x-rays?
    07-30-2010, 03:18 AM
Going through my guys issues the steps were this from my vet:

If nothing stood out from these, try corrective shoeing
If no improvement, go to nerve blocking. Then ultrasound. Then up to the crazy stuff like MRIs.
    07-30-2010, 06:10 AM
Any chance of seeing the xrays and some foot pics?
    07-30-2010, 12:09 PM
I'll take some pics of her feet but I don't have a scanner to put the x rays up. I'll take some when I get home from camp.
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    07-30-2010, 10:07 PM
Thanks it will be interesting to see what they look like. If you can rig up some sort of light board you can take photos of the xrays. Not as good a quality but works ok. Oh and turn the flash off for this:)

Hope your having fun at camp.

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