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post #1 of 12 Old 06-21-2010, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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Sore on front end?

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So my mare has been coming up stiff/sore on her front end lately. She was trimmed & shod over 3 weeks ago so I know it's not from that, plus she was looking a little sore before the new shoes were put on. I notice it when I bring her in from the paddock, and she feels off at a trot while we warm up, like she's "ouchy" on her front feet... but once I get her going and warmed up she starts moving out really nicely and loosens up and her gaits don't feel off after that.

I'm contemplating a vet exam but money is a little tight at the moment so I don't want to call him for nothing (since she does loosen up).

She is shod on her front feet only because she was apparently coming up really sore from being ridden on the roads last year.

I rider her 3-4 times a week, and jump regularly.

She's around 10 years old. Any ideas what I could be dealing with? Arthritis? Soft feet?Also any suggestions on what I should do from now on... liniments and such to help with warming up? Supplements?

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post #2 of 12 Old 06-22-2010, 07:39 AM
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If the horse works out of it I would not guess sore feet. If anything they would get more sore.

Not really possible to guess past that so certainly can not give you advice on meds or supplements.

As much as paying the vet puts a dent in the budget it sounds like it is the right thing to do in this case.
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post #3 of 12 Old 06-22-2010, 01:46 PM
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Nutrition maybe? What's your horse eating? If she's getting sweet feed or lots of grain I'd check into that and do a little research. But also many horses will get, "spring founder", simply out on the pasture grasses because they are just standing there gorging themselves all day like a cow.

Nutrition is still something new to me, but it may be something worth checking into.

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But also many horses will get, "spring founder", simply out on the pasture grasses because they are just standing there gorging themselves all day like a cow.
Not a pain a horse will work out of.
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post #5 of 12 Old 06-22-2010, 01:50 PM
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I was wondering that. I really don't know. But I thought I would throw it out there just in case.

BTW I always get a kick out of your avatar.

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BTW I always get a kick out of your avatar.
Thank you. It makes me chuckle every time I see it too.
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Maybe it could be the saddle? I used to have a saddle that didn't fit my horse right and he acted lame on his front end.

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post #8 of 12 Old 06-22-2010, 02:30 PM
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Maybe it could be the saddle? I used to have a saddle that didn't fit my horse right and he acted lame on his front end.
Would not work out of it. Would get worse with more riding.
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post #9 of 12 Old 06-23-2010, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah no it's not tack or founder..hmm wellllll what could it be that she would be able to work out of? Any ideas? I'd like to do a little more research before I make a vet call.. does anything come to anyones mind? Shoot....
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My guess is arthritis.

Call the vet. They know where to start when you give them symptoms.
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