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        10-31-2009, 10:45 PM
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    Cheepest thing to do: get a good diagnosis from a vet, not trying everything under the sun, as you can see its wasting money. Get a specialist if need be, go to a horse hospital, get a second opinion ect. A nerve block is pretty inexpensive and you best bet to see what leg(s) and were the lameness is in the leg(s). I paid about 30 for the block itself, but yo also have to factor in having a general exam, and a vet call. A flexion test is also an inexpensive way to see what area is lame.

    Also assess if the farrier is indeed dong a good job. Just because you had him barefoot and shod dosent mean anything unless its done right. Maybe post some video of his movement?
         
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        10-31-2009, 10:46 PM
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    You can rent magnetic boots, but they are relatively expensive.
         
        10-31-2009, 11:03 PM
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    Yearling
    I do agree with sillybunny. I ended up using the boots simply because the vet had made his diagnosis and there was nothing to be done about it. I knew where the lameness was coming from, although I didn't know the extent of the damage to the shoulder. Really the boots were a last resort - but they did work.
         
        11-01-2009, 10:12 AM
      #14
    Showing
    I do have to disagree with sillybunny on this one. I completely disagree with having a nerve block done for any reason. If a horse is in pain, then there is damage being done somewhere and if he can't feel the pain to be gentle with the leg, then he is likely to do more damage without ever knowing it. You might try the magnetic boots and maybe give a different farrier a chance to see if that makes a difference.
         
        11-01-2009, 01:52 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    I think she is right about getting a diagnosis to find out where the problem is - if a vet can find it. As for nerve blockers I don't know what that is, I am guessing it is just what it sounds like - something to block pain signals through the nerves. I have never heard of that and am not sure how that would be conducive to finding a pain if the signal is blocked?

    When my horse was lame I didn't like to use too much bute because I found that when the pain was masked he would put unneccessary pressure on his shoulder. Horrible as it sounds it was better to let him hobble and nurse his injury.
         
        11-01-2009, 02:08 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Hes a beautiful horse and if you are wanting to keep him maybe sell the other to help pay for treatment on him. Id have a specialist look at him and find out what the problem is. If it is navicular they can help you with that. At his age I wouldnt think it would be navicular. Best to let a professional figure it out. He's to nice to let go.
         
        11-01-2009, 03:23 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Thank you guys:) And I can't take him anywhere...silly goof will not stay in the trailer lol..but a nerve block? That sounds like he won't notice the pain and will just do more harm then good. I agree with getting a vet out, and we will hopefully be able to do that sometime this week.
    My farrier is getting harder and harder to get a hold of, so we are trying to find one that's easier to find. He was really good and I never had a problem with him with any of my other horses. He recommended corrective shoeing at one point, but he never got back to us on that. We might use my friends farrier, but he is waaaay to expensive to have Rebel done a whole bunch. Most of my other horses have great feet and barely need as much care as other horses.
         

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