My horse has thrush right now so I have been paying extra attention to her hooves. Today after playing outside for a while I took her inside to treat her feet. I there are several things that worry me because I don't know if they are normal. I need advice.
I had her in the cross ties while I cleaned her stall and I noticed that she was resting one hind foot. This is the same foot that she scraped on cement a few days ago. When it happened, there was no visible damage but I could smell that distinctive smell, like when I file my nails, so I knew that something had happened. She didn't look lame so I thought it wasn't a problem.
I checked her foot again just to make sure that it was ok and I noticed that it was slightly hot; not just her foot but also the back of the coronet. I checked all of her other feet for comparison and the temperature was consistent. Now I am so worried! She is not standing like she has laminitis, but her diet did change a few weeks ago. She is on free choice hay now but it isn't very rich so I don't think it could do anything. Also I had let her graze on the grass under the snow about an hour before. The grass is really short and I don't think she could get very much but it was more than usual.
I usually wear gloves when I take care of her feet in the winter so I don't know what is normal.
Am I being silly or could there be something wrong? It is late so I am hesitant to call a vet if nothing is really happening. (my mom did this once and the vet was mad at us. . .)