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post #1 of 35 Old 09-17-2009, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Question Sudden lameness on hard ground?

My gelding is barefoot and has been for several years. He's had no problems with his feet whatsoever.

I changed farriers several months ago. The very first time I rode my gelding after switching farriers, he was pretty lame on any hard ground he had to walk on. I thought maybe he was just a little sore from being trimmed, but his soreness has stayed consistant over the past several months, regardless of when his last trim was. He isn't more lame on any particular leg... He seems to be hurting the same amount on each leg.

Over these several months, he has been perfectly sound on soft ground at every gait. But as soon as he steps on hard ground, he starts limping.

Does anyone have a guess as to what this may be? I'm at a loss here.
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post #2 of 35 Old 09-18-2009, 01:24 AM
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Sounds like hoof tenderness. You can try some hoof hardener or you may want to consider shoeing.
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Sounds like hoof tenderness. You can try some hoof hardener or you may want to consider shoeing.


Isn't it unusual for that to come about so suddenly though?
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If he's never had a problem and it just started after switching farriers, I would certainly look at the way he's being trimmed. It may be that he's being trimmed too short and/or too much sole is being taken off. That can easily cause soreness for 2-4 weeks.

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If he's never had a problem and it just started after switching farriers, I would certainly look at the way he's being trimmed. It may be that he's being trimmed too short and/or too much sole is being taken off. That can easily cause soreness for 2-4 weeks.
Agreed. Depending on how long between trimmings you go, the tenderness can last long enough to give the impression of constant tenderness as just as it starts to wear off it is nearly time for another trim and you are back to square one again. It's too much of a coincidence, to me, that it started with the farrier switch.
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His feet don't look too short at all, though, and several other people who've seen them agree. I usually go 8 weeks between trims, and he's always just as sore then.
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Really need to see pics of the hooves. Sole shot, side shot from ground level and frontal shots, a rear shot wouldn't hurt. I am thinking either sole trimmed too thin or perhaps the bars need tweaking.. Need to see the sole for sure to estiguess that.

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Really need to see pics of the hooves. Sole shot, side shot from ground level and frontal shots, a rear shot wouldn't hurt. I am thinking either sole trimmed too thin or perhaps the bars need tweaking.. Need to see the sole for sure to estiguess that.

Okay, I'll take some tomorrow. Do you need to see all four or is one enough?
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Isn't it the fores? At least of the one you know is causing lameness. All 4 would be good, but prolly not necessary. You could post them on photobucket and link to them rather than trying to put them all in a post here.

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Isn't it the fores? At least of the one you know is causing lameness. All 4 would be good, but prolly not necessary. You could post them on photobucket and link to them rather than trying to put them all in a post here.


I'm not really sure if it's just the fores or if it's all four. He limps so badly that it's hard to tell. I'll just take them of all four to be safe.
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