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    10-04-2011, 07:30 PM
Sprung shoe?

Luckys shoe looked off to me so I had the BO look at it and she said it was "sprung". The farrier is coming Thursday and Lucky is due for a trim and new shoes anyway. My questions are 1) should I stay off him altogether until he's been shoed again and 2) what are the possible effects of a sprung shoe? My BO said they worried more about sprung shoes than loose shoes but didn't elaborate as to why so I thought the knowledgeable people here might enlighten me :)
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    10-04-2011, 08:04 PM
I honestly didn't know what a sprung shoe was since all 3 of my horses are barefoot but I looked it up and everything I read said not to ride a horse with a sprung shoe as it can cause bruising on the sole. I also read that it is best to pull the shoe asap to keep from doing any further damage because if it's twisted it can cause a strain on the tendons and ligaments. Obviously if the shoe is still on pretty tight you can do more damage trying to pull it off, but if it's loose I would see if you can remove it. Good luck! I hope your horse is ok!
    10-04-2011, 08:10 PM
I looked it up too and read the same. Its still on super tight and not twisted per se, just the back is raised about a quarter inch. My BO didn't seem concerned at all and her advice contradicted google's advice so I was hoping to hear other opinions :) thank you!
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    10-04-2011, 09:14 PM
Will be fine till Thursday. Don't ride him. Don't turn out w/ it this way, and don't pull the shoe unless you can do so easily.

Under different circumstances, advice may be different.
    10-05-2011, 03:09 AM
why not put a bell boot on her?

As much as I know, a bell boot keep a horse's hoof clean and healthy.

Here is what I found: A kieffer bell boot at WelcomeGet. Com
    10-05-2011, 01:12 PM
Originally Posted by somoni    
As much as I know, a bell boot keep a horse's hoof clean and healthy.

Here is what I found: A kieffer bell boot at WelcomeGet. Com
The shoe is bent. The bell boot is not going to correct that. If it's a frequent occurance, then perhaps the OP needs to discuss with her farrier the reason the shoe was bent.

Since it is still on, the farrier should be able to somewhat determine what happened and reset slightly different to try and prevent it from happening again.
    10-05-2011, 02:20 PM
This is the first time its happened but also the first time this farrier has shoed my horse. He comes highly recommended but I will be discussing it with him if it happens again. As it stands now it may just be a fluke.

And Lucky wears bell boots when turned out or ridden per the farriers advice :) oh and thank you all for the help!
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