Join Date: May 2009
Location: Manitoba, Canada
I would also be interested in seeing his feet after a fresh trim. Confo shots may be helpful too, I agree that it may be soreness elsewhere that started this.
My retired mare has a partially fused hip that makes her toe out in the back so she always gets wings/flares that have to be managed. Without being trimmed every 4-6 weeks, they get out of control.
Doesn't really matter if the ride was only 5 minutes, I wouldn't be adding any addition stress and weight to his crippled foot. He's already carting around hundreds of pounds, if he's overweight, I'd highly reccommend a diet to get him down to a working weight, just to lighten the load on his feet. If he's getting through every fence you have, I think your fence needs work. Again, I feel your pain on that one - our fence seems fine, holds everyone we put in it, OTHER than my mom's 12 year old QH/Arabian mare...I swear she's a houdini! SO, brand new fence went up in the dead of winter last year and now she stays in with the new electric fencer. It was either that or we had to get rid of her - if you can't keep your horse home, you shouldn't have it. When they get out and roam, they're not only endangering themselves but everyone on the roads. Typically ours stayed in the farmer's fields, but that's not the point...they weren't in the pasture where I left them! LOL hope this all makes sense, no offense intended...
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