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post #1 of 8 Old 09-29-2013, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Sore Feet

So, I'm so happy to announce that my OTTB didn't pull his suspensory. We blocked both front feet and ultrasounded and he came back with just sore feet! Just sore feet! I'm so happy! The track that he just came off of is notorious for have pretty crappy, hard ground - so there's our explantion. Anywho, the vet has him on a 90 day break. No nothing, so he is spending most of his time in the stall with a couple hours of turnout a day. He told me that I could Mag paste him, but I thought that I'd ask what you guys have potentially done with sore feet before. He's your typical flat footed, under run heels OTTB, so he's sore as is without his shoes on, but I have the farrier set up to come out soon.
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-29-2013, 03:44 PM
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He needs to be turned out 24/7 to help get feet healthy they need movement. Being locked up in a stall most of the time isnt going to help feet at all. Also needs well trimmed feet that means a good farrier, which seem to far and few between.
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Did the vet recommend stall rest?
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Getting his heels up under him would be the first thing to do. Also, I suspect he is flat footed because he's got long toes that are stretching out his sole and thinning it. A flat foot = the coffin bone not bein in the correct position.

As long as he didn't pull or tear anything and it's just his feet that are bothering him, then yes I would give him as much turn out as possible. He needs blood flow to get those feet healthy and working. He won't get blood flow standing in a stall for 22 hours. Constant movement is what would be best for him as long as his feet are the only thing bothering him of course.

What is his diet like? Can you post pictures of his feet?
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The vet has him on a 30-30-30 rotation. Thirty days stall rest, we've already done this part. Thirty days with few hour turn outs (we're a third of the way through this). And then thirty days of full turnout.

Your absoloutly right, Kayella, he had super overgrown, LONNNGGGG toes. He had just raced too when I got him and those shoes were barely hanging on. I had barely had him by the time my farrier came out last and hadn't scheduled in an extra horse so we only had time to pull his shoes and trim him (which I figured was better than nothing). Just with getting his toes back he walking A LOT better, but, we do have a long road ahead of us to get a better angle.

As for his diet, I have him (while in the stall) on super nice free choice grass, then AM and PM he gets 3 flakes of Alfalfa, and PM he gets a mix of Alfalfa pellets and beat pulp. He had dropped weight after I got him due to I think stress/feed change and lack of companionship, at the track they can stick their heads out the doors and see eachother, at my place the horses are all out to pasture, and come up to the barn for water/shelter (at this point we thought he pulled his suspensory) so he was on full time stall rest, so I'm still trying to figure out a happy medium with his feed. I don't want him super hot, but I don't want him dropping weight either.
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'Just sore feet' without further information is not necessarily a just at all. I don't get why a vet would recommend stall rest for 'just sore feet' either, as that would be contraindicative IME, as mentioned by others.

As a racehorse I'd expect the biggest reasons for 'just sore feet' to be diet & management related - stalled & shod eternally, fed high octane ingredients, all this on an immature body, etc. One thing I'd be doing is keeping shoes off, at least until he's got healthy feet again. Hoof boots or such are a good option when extra protection is needed.
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I would change Vets. There is no such diagnosis of 'sore feet'. He either has heel pain, tendon pain, bruised soles or ????? There is no such thing as 'only' sore feet. Hoof pain is one of the major reasons horses go permanently unsound.

Turn-out is far more helpful than stall rest -- of any kind. Good feed with a very good Vitamin Supplement is an absolute must as is a source of good quality protein. Getting thin is not a plus. It only indicates that a horse is not getting adequate and good nutrition.

Did they isolate the soreness to 'all' of his feet or is it worse at the heels, toes, ???? I would get a good farrier to use hoof testers on him and try to determine if his heels have more soreness in them or if it seems to be mostly his soles at the point of his frogs. Either way, his toes need to be take waaay back, possibly to the white line.

Photos of his feet from the front, side and photos of the soles from the bottom would be very helpful.
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Holy moly. A horse fresh off the track is coming down (fast & hard, cold turkey) from all kinds if performance-enhancing drugs, let alone a ridiculous high-carb food and miserably trimmed feet.

The first thing I'd do with a track horse is get a good barefoot trim started, suppliment like a savage with formulated foods, and toss him out on pasture. I wouldn't even think about expecting anything normal for maybe 3 months, if it's really bad. They've had years of this hard-living lifestyle. The goal is to correct it NOW and allow the body as much time as it needs to repair itself. Basic biology dictates that total cell regeneration takes six months. The right building blocks to form cells is essential to a healthy being.

There of course, is worst-case scenario ranging to best. I've known some horses who've been well on their way to retraining for a new life in two weeks' time. I've known more to take months, even up to a year to come back from the physical and psychological damage of racing. It all depends on the individual and how they fare under their training regime, which can vary drastically from trainer to trainer.

Have patience and seek the best answers & education fir your horse.
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