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    02-04-2014, 09:05 PM
Originally Posted by beverleyy    
Yup, if any of my horses went lame I'd be calling my vet. Or depending how long ago the horse was shod/went lame I'd get the farrier back out to pull the shoe and see what's up. If the lameness was off and on, or simply not getting better it's time to have the vet take a look.
It was August and we had a different farrier come out and see him his shoe is lose.
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    02-04-2014, 09:06 PM
Originally Posted by Yogiwick    
Get the vet out if you can't wait for the farrier.

I would suggest using a shorter bucket.
thanks for your advice.
    02-04-2014, 09:10 PM
Originally Posted by Rialto    
How long has it been since the farrier was out? If it was recently, it could be a hot nail (a nail that has entered sensitive tissue within the hoof). I would have the vet or a farrier come out ASAP to pull the shoe so it can be treated. Some bute might be a good idea to help with inflammation as well.
Auggest we just had a farrier out the the other day a different farrier she said his shoe was llose
    02-04-2014, 09:10 PM
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Sorrel Thoroughbreds, I really hope it isn't the same farrier coming out!!! I'm a mild-mannered person, but I would be seconds away from kicking that farrier myself!! Rusty needs a good farrier, Vet, and some Bute right away!!! It's like Motrin for a horse, and easy to get through the Vet (even for me, and I'm in the middle of nowhere)-Imagine having a bad head ache or cramps and wishing someone would give you some because you can't get it yourself!! Please quickly and carefully get this boy the good professional help he needs. Think of Rusty- he's a good boy! :)
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    02-04-2014, 09:11 PM
Originally Posted by sorral3    
this is a reason I believe horse owners should own and know how to use the tools needed to pull a shoe in an emergency. If it is a hot nail, immediate relief would come from pulling the shoe. I hope you get him up and running soon

Good luck
Thanks I hope so 2
    02-04-2014, 09:14 PM
Originally Posted by Yogiwick    
I think the key part is *if* we can only speculate. Either way the horse needs to be seen asap.

OP, can you pinpoint any heat or pain? Are you positive it's his foot and not higher in his leg?
No heat or pain
We had a farrier come out last week and say his shoe was loose
    02-04-2014, 09:15 PM
Originally Posted by Meadow    
There isn't really much you can do until your farrier can take a look at it to see whats going on, but I recommend light exercise, no riding, and picking his hooves daily until told differently by a farrier or vet. If your farrier is taking a while, I recommend a vet ASAP. You want to nip this in the bud so it doesn't get worse. Good luck, and I hope everything turns out well !
Thanks for your advise.
    02-04-2014, 09:17 PM
Originally Posted by Yogiwick    
Exactly, and honestly it's also harder to get the hoof in/out and soaked and easier to cause the horse to bump it or whatever and cause an issue and then you have the bucket up to the knee...

I would suggest a low wide black rubber bucket. Not high, not too narrow/wide, not plastic. A feed bucket might be good. You can, but definitely don't need to get a hoof boot for soaking. A good old bucket is much cheaper/simpler imo, just make sure you use the right one
Thanks for your advise
    02-04-2014, 09:19 PM
Originally Posted by loosie    
One thing for sure is it's nothing to do with sand between hoof & shoe. How was the farrier rough? Do you mean he hit or fought with him, or that he did a rough job?
The farrier said the shoe was loose
    02-04-2014, 09:42 PM
So, a farrier was out in August. He's been lame ever since. Another farrier came out and said the shoe was loose. The second farrier said she'd be back to fix it. Have I got it right?

If so, then the problem is that the horse does not have sufficient and proper hoof care. August to January between farrier visits is far too long. Leaving a horse lame for months on end without improvement or knowing why is inexcusable. Leaving a loose shoe is inexcusable. Get those shoes off, get the hooves healed; proper hoof care in this case probably means every 3 - 4 weeks until the hoof is under control. Then 4 - 6 weeks depending on the horse, environment and type of work. If necessary to re-shoe, wait until the hoof is healed though I am a proponent of barefoot.

Teach yourself about hoof care. Your horse will benefit.

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