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    06-17-2012, 01:56 PM
Sore Hindend

I wrote about Spice's feet and how they effected her back legs, well I'm not dealing the hard after effects of what the farrier did and didn't do to her feet. Even was a long back Spice use to be able to track up really well, use her back and move out, but now she rather do a shorter choppy stride and takes a lot of work to get her out of it. I know it is her hips, I've been trying to stretch her out daily, a little at a time she is really good at telling me that's enough. But is there anything I can do for her? I know getting her back to where she was isn't going to happen over night, but right now I'm watching her muscling and top line that I did manage to build up disappear, I know how to build a horses endurance and strength and muscle up, I don't know how to rehab a horse that is in pain and has lost so much flexibility.

So what can I do, where to start? Riding her is out of the question at least anything for over 20 minutes and at the walk. No to, get a chiropractor, or body work specialist because there is no professionals like that around, within four hours. Thanks for any ideas, or suggestions.
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    06-17-2012, 02:31 PM
Well if it's no to professionals who can help your horse, it's hello to watch your sore horse for awhile. Sorry, there's no magic pill or cure you can perform yourself.
    06-17-2012, 02:36 PM
I just don't know what type of work, or exercise would be best to start with, it's been a week or more since she's had her feet re trimmed and balanced better, like I said I don't expect her to be better within days, but I would like to be riding her normally by the end of the month. Other than her legs not being forced out I haven't seen any difference, or should I really expect her to take over a month to see any improvement.

It is no to professionals because there is no professionals within a 4 hour drive, they don't come out in the middle of no where for one horse.
    06-17-2012, 02:46 PM
Yes, I am aware of dealing with horse professionals in rural areas, sometimes we have to haul to them. If it's not possible, unfortunately about the only thing I can tell you to do for a horse with a sore back is to stay off of her until she isn't showing pain any longer. Keep doing what you are doing until she lets you know it isn't sore any longer. All this was caused by a farrier's trim?
    06-17-2012, 02:58 PM
Yes it was caused by a farrier trimming, or not it is kind of confusing, Spice's conformation her legs both front and back turn out slightly, and her hooves started to flare a tiny bit out to the outside and she kept telling me that it is no problem it's getting better, and so on. It got to the point the flare was huge and now her hooves had three to four months worth of growth the farrier wouldn't trim off. It was my fault in not realizing that it was wrong from the beginning, but I bought my horse from this farrier and she's been trimming her feet for a long time so I figured that she knew what she was doing.

She wasn't I had an other highly recommended farrier come and now her feet seem to be at least facing the right direction. But because of the flares being on outside it seems to have twisted out her hind legs causing pain in her hips (don't know the really name but the top joint of her back legs)(not her back), she would kick out if you weren't carefully when picking up her back hooves, because if you lifted to high or to the side it hurt. She's not kicking out any more, but she isn't where I would call her "normal".

I don't have a trailer to haul any where at the moment, I'm not that friendly with the people that do have one, 8 hours is a long time to drive in one day. Thanks Waresbear.
    06-17-2012, 03:04 PM
Oh my, how old is your horse and was the farrier (a farrier right, not a trimmer?) riding this horse regularly. What did the recommended farrier say? If all this was caused by someone forcing her confo into a different position, you might need to call a vet & get some anti-flammatories as she could be in serious pain.
    06-17-2012, 03:17 PM
She is suppose to be a farrier, and she was ridden regularly but had all four shoes (I think that hid problems) because she was ridden on pavement to get to trails. The recommended farrier said he thought I hadn't had her feet trimmed in a long time four to six months (not the six weeks that it was at the time), he trimmed them a lot in some places he was able to take off 3/4 of an inch in the flares. He said to not ride her on the trails or drive way for a couple weeks and when I do build her up slowly until her feet toughen up again, and pretty much listen to what Spice is telling me, if she is too sore to ride, don't push it. My best guess if feet that are perfectly straight is 0 degrees hers normally are probably 5 (because her legs are not prefect) but with the flares they were pushed out to 20 or 30.

You're right though I might have to call the vet see if they can out and see her, she isn't lame but it is hard to watch not be as happy and spunky as she usually is.

Spice is 12 or 13? She isn't registered so we don't know an exact age, but that is what her teeth say.
    06-17-2012, 03:27 PM
Hopefully the new farrier corrected the damage before anything permanent happened. I would not ride her until she feels better, too bad you couldn't get a massage therapist/chiro out to see her, that would make a big difference in her comfort level. In trying to compensate for the incorrect shoeing job, she more than likely put her back and or hip out. I would call your vet out just to see if they knew of anything to alleviate her discomfort, certainly worth a call. Good Luck, sounds like you really care for your horse, I hope she is better soon.
    06-17-2012, 03:53 PM
Honest I would get someone out if they traveled out here, I think I'm lucky that there is two farriers around, a new vet came into a near by town so now we have two choices of vets too, but they don't do massage or chiro. If she's not showing any improvement by Tuesday night I'll call see what the vet thinks phone call does cost anything, I work Monday and Tuesday from early morning to late night. For now she gets to continue being a pasture puff, she thinks I let the grass grow to long any how.

I wouldn't have let her get this bad intentionally I just don't know anything about hooves, I am very much learning as I go, sucks it has to be at my mare's expense.

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