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post #1 of 3 Old 07-28-2010, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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What's going on with my horse?

In April I switched horse shoers. The new shoer came highly recommended by more than one horse trainer and many of my riding friends. Needless to say, I felt like I made a good decision and that I was in good hands. Unfortunately, ever since I started using him my horse, Nick, began showing signs of depression and soreness in his neck, shoulders, back, and hindquarters. The first time he came out, he told me that Nick might be a little sore because he had to “re-balance” his feet. I mentioned that his mother had been Navicular and that I was concerned of him doing anything drastic – he assured me he was doing the best thing and even said that if I would have stayed with my old shoer Nick would have been Navicular.

Although he has never been lame, he just isn’t acting right. He is having a difficult time collecting, bending his neck, turning, and loping to the left. When I asked him to lope to the left he lifts his head (not usual for him) flips his ears and holds is neck really stiff with every stride. He is obviously uncomfortable and sore. He now trys to four-beat his lope, which he never did before. He will do this with a saddle and when I ride him bareback. He won’t hold his turns (which is also unusual) and is now clipping his front feet with his back feet when he walks...and his left hip is popping! Nick is only 7 and I don’t ride him enough to warrant this amount of soreness!

I asked my vet and she recommended giving him bute. I asked my horse trainer who only reassured me that I couldn’t be in better hands than the horse shoer I already have.

So here I am…Stuck. I called my horse shoer, who is coming out this Friday, and told him that we need to do something differently – and fast – although I really don’t know what that would be. If Nick doesn't turn around with this shoeing (which it's only his 3rd with this shoer) I am going to look for a different farrier. But what if it's not the shoer? Am I missing something? I'm have a chiropractor look at him next week, but is there anythint else I can do?
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-28-2010, 10:54 PM
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I guess you just have to wait and give him lots of love untill everything gets sorted out. You already called the vet, talked to the farrier, and have an appointment for Chiro. You did a good job. Good luck and keep us updated!

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post #3 of 3 Old 07-29-2010, 01:39 AM
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The chiro should be able to enlighten you some. I prefer to use one that is also a vet. Mine also does accupuncture. If he/she is good enough, they should be able to look at his feet and the way he travels and tell you if that's got anything to do with his issues.

It could be that the farrier just did too much, too quickly and your horse didn't have time to adjust properly. Or, he did too much and the tendons are being asked to stretch beyond their limit, which can make the muscle suffer as well.

If you don't have access to another farrier for a second opinon, I would take lots of photos and some video and post it on a few different farrier forums that allow critiques. I'd try the following web sites:
EDSS - Hope For Soundness - The Farrier & Hoofcare Resource Center Forums
Farriers Helping Horse Owners with Shoeing and Trimming Problems - The Farrier & Hoofcare Resource Center Forums
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