minor one or two day stints usually after farrier visits. ... He also swung his right leg very oddly
Firstly not enough info to give much of a guess. If you would like any opinions on his feet or confo or such, pics are needed too. See link in my signature below. Sore after a trim is commonly due to incorrect farriery, but not necessarily - could be good farriery but already unhealthy feet, sub clinical laminitis &/or hooves being too overgrown between trims. Re the recent lameness, what you write makes me think his shoulder or somewhere 'upstairs', not his foot.
Hello, got the vet out and he's narrowed it down to heel abccess, torn tendon, or navicular. My horse is now on previcox and isox...? For 7 days along with stall rest. On the 8th day I am supposed take him off the meds for 24 hrs, if he stays sound, we put him back on meds and SLOWY put him back into work and off meds,
My opinion of that is that if it's a torn tendon then rest is good, so playing safe to do so. If you were sure it was an abscess however, I wouldn't rest him - the more movement the better. I would also *generally* not do meds for an abscess either, which can suppress it without resolving.
I disagree with the progression you've explained a bit. You might take him off meds on the 8th day & if he's sound, turn him out, then if all is well start light work, but why put him back on meds if he's sound & why start working him on meds?? I'd start working him without painkillers to mask anything.
If you're going to get xrays - any chance of ultrasound too? - I would request that the vet mark the dorsal wall, dorsal hairline and apex of frog.
Since when can a horse abcess with shoes? And at the 5 week point? I was told they wont with shoes.
You were told incorrectly. Abscesses can be due to a range of reasons & solar/frog abscesses are commonly due to a stone bruise. Unless you ride only on flat, unyielding surfaces or have padded shoes, conventional rims offer no protection to the bottom of the foot. Healthy
, bare hooves are less likely to suffer bruises & abscesses IME.
What else can heel and frog sensitivity mean? And he also tested a solid 2 on the lameness scale.
Thrush, WLD, bruise or puncture, weak, underdeveloped caudal hoof, strain to DDFT & nav. Region due to long toes, broken back pastern axis, etc.
Do some research into hoof function & 'navicular syndrome' - which effectively just means unexplained heel pain, so that sounds likely. If there are bony changes to the navicular bone, via rads, this is a positive diagnosis, but the bony changes are just a progression & don't appear to (generally) affect the likelihood of rehab with good management, hoof/frog support & trimming.
Do some research into treating the 'syndrome' & look at holistic options, as I believe it's a whole hoof issue, not about the navicular region exclusively, and while conventional views often still look at it as 'incurable' so they focus on symptomatic, palliative treatments which are usually short lived, it's becoming common for it to be 'cured'(bony changes may not change but horse is genuinely sound) with good management, including trimming the hooves to a more physiologically correct form for better function and relief of DDFT in nav. Region. Dr Robert Bowker is a name to look up, but his papers can be heavy going, so you might look for a review of one of his lectures on the subject. Mayfield Barehoof Care Centre Home Page
is another source with lots of info & case studies on hoof rehab, including 'navicular'.