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        11-10-2013, 12:09 PM
      #11
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    Originally Posted by Ridepainfree    
    I have been going through something very similar with one of my horses. My horses are all barefoot. I ended up calling in a specialist and it turned out that it is the trim on his feet. His heels are too short, his toes too long and his soles are thin. He had some bruising, I would never have been able to see them but they were there. So his trimming protocol is changing and the specialist will be doing his feet until we get things right for him. There is an old saying "no hoof, no horse.

    I am not saying this is the problem but my horse would move like he was stiff and he was sore from compensating. He has had several chiropractor appointments as well as is definitely doing much better.

    I just wanted to share my experience with you because I know how frustrating it is trying to find the root cause so it is just something to keep in mind.
    Actually, this does make sense. The soreness started about a week, maybe less after the farrier was out. I hadn't gotten a chance to work him so maybe I didn't really notice. I didn't really think much of it as he is barefoot also. BUT this is a new farrier for him and was only his second trim with this farrier. What really sticks out is my friend's horse also was sore after his trim same day, same farrier and was so off that they had the vet out for him. He spent all last week with pads duck taped to his feet because he was trimmed too much. He's barefoot too.
         
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        11-10-2013, 12:21 PM
      #12
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ridepainfree    
    I have been going through something very similar with one of my horses. My horses are all barefoot. I ended up calling in a specialist and it turned out that it is the trim on his feet. His heels are too short, his toes too long and his soles are thin. He had some bruising, I would never have been able to see them but they were there. So his trimming protocol is changing and the specialist will be doing his feet until we get things right for him. There is an old saying "no hoof, no horse.

    I am not saying this is the problem but my horse would move like he was stiff and he was sore from compensating. He has had several chiropractor appointments as well as is definitely doing much better.

    I just wanted to share my experience with you because I know how frustrating it is trying to find the root cause so it is just something to keep in mind.
    My guess would be your horse has under run heels and long toes. That in its self will cause soreness I know this all to well.
         
        11-10-2013, 02:31 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    The feet is a great place to start. You could post some photos on the hoof board and get some feedback. Sensitivity will absolutely make a horse move like his is sore and stiff.
         
        11-10-2013, 02:33 PM
      #14
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    My horse was recntly having problems with stiffness and weight loss.
    We found out when the tooth doctor came that he had a very bad tooth that needed to be pulled.
    Because the tooth was causing him pain, he wasn't eating as much and not getting enough nutrients.

    Make sure all his teeth are fine.
         
        11-10-2013, 07:24 PM
      #15
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    Well, I spoke to more people at the barn today that had their horses trimmed the same day as my horse. They all had sore horses AND I found one more person who's horse is completely lame still. So that makes two that were actually lame.

    I think I'm going to go back to my old farrier and not use the barns farrier again.
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