Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: British Columbia, Canada
When can you deem a horse "sound" ?
Okay, this whole thing happened last Saturday. Anyways, in the morning he was completely fine, walking normally, etc. I went out for the day, and came home at around 8:30pm when I went out to feed him, and found him a limping mess. He wouldn't put any weight down on his foot, when he would stand still he would keep holding his foot up, etc. The first night I soaked him in cold water thinking it was a sprain, but I wasn't sure. I phoned my farrier the next day, and she said it was most likely an abscess, and instructed me to soak in warm water with epsom salt, twice a day for 20 minutes, so I did that.
She came out the next day, dug out a little whole in the tip of his hoof to let it drain out from there, rather than blowing out.
Anyways, no more than 3 days later, he had completely stopped limping, and seemed to not be in pain anymore. It's been about 10 days now since the whole thing happened.
What I wanted to know, was when could I really deem him "sound" ? He got back from training about 3 weeks ago, and I really wanted to keep him on a regular schedule, but I know riding him right now would probably be a bad idea.
What would a general time line be that he needs off? Would light ground work be okay? Something like ground driving at the walk just to work on his steering for 15-20 minutes a few times a week?
Or should I just call my farrier back out and get her opinion?
Any advice appreciated :)