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post #1 of 5 Old 05-12-2010, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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Stepping all over himself.

So my little project-pony is not making my life easy!

I was grooming him today and "crunch," he steps his left back onto his right back foot and makes himself bleed. It wasn't serious and I had the ranch owners take a look at it for me too but it just reinforces an issue that he has.

He only recently has been shod in the front with regular shoes and full pads (after spending a year with the worst barefoot "trim"). In the first two weeks he managed to pull both of them clean off!

I've gotten advice to square his back toes so he can't step on the front ones and some people in the forum who have told me his shoes have too much length in the heel (although no one who has seen the horse in person confirms this so...)

What should I be doing to help this horse in terms of leg wraps and bell boots? He has a pair of front bell-boots, is this something you can/should put on the back feet as well? It seems to me he might need his legs wrapped when he is turned out if he's tripping all over himself he could hurt his legs too while he's at it!

I've been using Rainmaker on his hooves to help with drying/cracks/flaps but I feel like I need to do more for him physically setting himself back.

A little history, he has chronic lamenitis in the right-front and is currently lame in that same foot although we don't know why. Did X-Rays and nothing stood out to the vet so we are currently trying shoeing with pads to see if that will help but it's going to be hard to really evaluate if it's helping since he keeps stepping on himself!
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-12-2010, 08:50 AM
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I don't want to be an alarmist here, but a horse that steps on himself badly enough to make himself bleed while standing in crossties concerns me.

It sounds like he literally doesn't know where his feet are. I would get a neurological exam ASAP; he could have EPM.

Again, I don't mean to scare you, and maybe he's just amazingly clumsy, but I would want it checked out, especially before you do much more undersaddle.
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To answer your question yes, bell boots can be worn on the back feet....Its not something I've seen, but it can be done.

I would also have a vet out. My TB crosses his legs all of the time, and even though he's due for a trim (its been 8 weeks) he is not tripping over himself or stepping on himself. The fact that yours doing it while freshly trimmed AND in one place is a little off, IMO.
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The vet is already coming out at the end of the month/begining of June for a follow up on the lameness exam. He has had two full vet workups (including x-rays) in the past month and nothing neurological (symptom wise) popped out to the vet so far :/

He is sorta clumsy but mostly he's a tiny big pigeon toed in the back and he walks on a "tight rope" with one hind leg in front of the other instead of parallel which I think contributes.

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Glad to hear that the possibility has been ruled out.
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