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    07-04-2010, 08:29 AM
  #11
Trained
Sorry to jump right in, but how does that rule shoeing out ? He could have thin soles. I've known horses with thin soles and/or flat feet that were sore 6weeks after a trim. If he hesitates or doesnt want to go on hard or rocky ground there is something going on with his feet.
     
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    07-04-2010, 07:24 PM
  #12
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
sorry to jump right in, but how does that rule shoeing out ? He could have thin soles. I've known horses with thin soles and/or flat feet that were sore 6weeks after a trim. If he hesitates or doesnt want to go on hard or rocky ground there is something going on with his feet.
Yep, it rules SHOING out - the act of putting on a steel shoe with nails being driven into the hoof into order to protect the sole and all of the horse, or correct the shape of the hoof. If he's not shod, obviously that rules out SHOING. It does not rule out foot soreness of every description, hence being specific saying SHOING.
Hence why I also said give him a few more days on soft ground to see if he comes up better, have the farrier take a look and if he can't pick anything, get the chiropractor out. Helps when you read above posts
     
    07-04-2010, 07:31 PM
  #13
Trained
Yeah but if he's sore as is for a week or more after trimming maybe he requires shoeing...or possibly a new farrier.
     
    07-04-2010, 07:35 PM
  #14
Trained
Yep but the pain/soreness was not caused by shoeing, my suggestion to the OP was the possibility that the farrier had put a nail in a little too deep which could be a likely culprit, but as that is not the case, it rules that out as a possibility.
     
    07-04-2010, 07:37 PM
  #15
Trained
But flat feet or thin soles will [of course depending on who you ask] require a horse to be shod. Unsoundness because of feet can also lead the horse to being very sore in the body from walking stiffly & unevenly.
     
    07-04-2010, 07:49 PM
  #16
Trained
*head desk* you don't get it. I give up!
     
    07-04-2010, 07:51 PM
  #17
Trained
I do see your point, but my point is that I think it is a shoeing issue that needs to be addressed. Yes it was not shoes that caused the horse to be sore, but shoes are required. Obviously neither of us can say for certain as we have never seen the horse.
     
    07-04-2010, 08:30 PM
  #18
Foal
Agree that the chiropractor seems like the next step in diagnosis but, if you are reluctant, you may want to try some deep muscle massage. Begin by brushing horse with your hand and then begin to apply pressure in a circular motion from shoulder & across back (both sides of the spine) and down legs. Watch closely to see thumb pressure causes your horse to flinch. Apply and release pressure gently. This can help you identify if there is a specific source of pain which can lead to a better diagnosis of a solution.
     
    07-05-2010, 01:10 AM
  #19
Green Broke
The farrier used is the only one around this area and has been doing Buzzs feet for around a year now.
It may still be sore from the fact that I ride on the road now, but then that would of come up a while ago.
I will give him an all over body masage today and see how he is if there is any signs of pain I will see if I can get a chrio out.
     
    07-06-2010, 01:23 AM
  #20
Green Broke
Gave him a body massage, didn't seem to be in any sort of pain he rather seemed to enjoy it :)
I also lunged him to see if I could see something. He seems to be moving fine from what I can tell but that was the first time I had lunged in in ages so I have kinda forgetton what he looked like normally.
I think however his strides were shorter? Maybe
I was going to get a video I had my camera out and everything but it died :roll: so next time lol
     

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