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post #1 of 6 Old 08-27-2013, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Question Sudden Lameness in Mares two front legs

Upon arriving to our barn today we noticed our sorrel mare favoring her front legs. After about thirty minutes of us keeping her still to check for injuries, heat in the legs or hooves (which there was none) we noticed the limping got exceedingly worse. She is not shod and just had her feet trimmed. I have called four vets with no answer yet. What could cause sudden lameness in both front legs? Please...any advice anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated!
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Acute laminitis.
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Is there any swelling? Was she pastured or stalled?

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Originally Posted by candd8787 View Post
She is not shod and just had her feet trimmed.
She either already had the beginnings of laminitis and it's just now blown up enough to make her lame, or your farrier trimmed her too short.

Hopefully by the time I've posted this, a vet has called you back. If you do get a vet out, be sure to have him check the horse's ligaments an fetlock joints.

Some horses are so sensitive to, too short a trim, that it can strain or even tear their tendons and sesamoids. Just ask how I know that

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Agree with walkin they are the 2 likely causes I'd be thinking. Tho 'too short a trim' generally doesn't cause those type probs, usually just about thinning sole. That must have been some trim your horse got walkin!

Keep her on soft footing somewhere that she's happy to lie down if she feels the need. Keep her off rich grass & feed, just on soaked hay, until you have the vet rule out laminitis at least. Tell us more about her condition, diet etc & post hoof pics if you'd like more opinions.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-27-2013, 05:00 PM
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Originally Posted by loosie View Post
That must have been some trim your horse got walkin!

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That's why I am still in rehab process from the March, 2012 founder

Very expensive, dripping certifications off his finger tips, took too much heel in one strike, on the third trim; it's why I wasn't watching him that close. Soon as he said "better git ya some Keretex" I was ready to throw up because he also took too much toe. My horse's hooves looked the feet on a Geisha Girl:(

The result was torn ligaments with sesamoiditis. Vet did ultrasounds and was livid because he recommended the guy.

That means I, forever after, have to keep his hooves rasped in-between 4-week formal trims, elst he will lame up in a skinny minute. I file him down about every three days

Apologies OP for getting off the subject but, on the other hand it might not be

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