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sempre_cantando 06-21-2008 05:33 AM

white spots on heel
 
Hi everyone

for the last two days after my horse has been grazing, she has had these two soft spots on each of her front heels. They are not at all sore and she isn't lame. Is it anything to worry about? I know the picture isn't very clear but I'll try to get another one tomorrow if you like.

Additinal info:
she wears bell boots on turnout to stop overreaching injuries (which she is prone to)
the grass is rather wet when she is out because of rain adn the dew

sempre_cantando 06-21-2008 05:34 AM

Ok, for some reason my picture didn't appear... I'll try again and hopefully it will work

EDIT I can't work out how to get it to work using the upload picture thingo :(

EDIT (no. 2) yay its working now!

http://www.horseforum.com/userpix/3835_IMG_1532_2.jpg

Vidaloco 06-21-2008 06:49 AM

I'm no expert but could it be the bell boots rubbing? Or possibly holding moisture against the heal?

Miss Katie 06-21-2008 07:14 AM

It looks like it is caused by moisture, can you take the bell boots off for a while to see if they dry out??

sempre_cantando 06-21-2008 09:10 AM

mmm I thought it may have been rubbing from the bell boots. But yeah, they do dry out once the bell boots are off. I haven't had a chance to had a close look at her heels after the boots have been off for a while. I'll do that tomorrow morning. She has to wear these bell boots for 5 hrs a day in often wet and muddy conditions when she is turned out. All the other time, apart from being ridden, the boots are taken off. It

Is this rubbing likely to be a problem warranting me not putting on the bell boots? Bearing in mind that she has cut her heels several times from overreaching, mainly in turnout? It doesn't hurt her at all, but I'll definately keep an eye on it. I didn't notice the rubbing until we started getting heavy dews at night, it must be that her boots are wet and that makes them rub.

Miss Katie 06-21-2008 09:24 AM

Are you positive they are rubs?? To me it looks more like its caused from being wet, kinda like when you keep a bandaid on your finger and get it wet, and then it goes funky.

SonnyWimps 06-21-2008 09:29 AM

try not using the bell boots for a while and see if the white spots go away. To me it can look like either rubbing or wetness...it's hard to tell by just seeing a picture.
If the spots continue to stay I'd get a farrier out to have a look at it. Where is Barefoothooves? She might know

My2Geldings 06-21-2008 12:11 PM

Re: white spots on heel
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by sempre_cantando
Hi everyone

for the last two days after my horse has been grazing, she has had these two soft spots on each of her front heels. They are not at all sore and she isn't lame. Is it anything to worry about? I know the picture isn't very clear but I'll try to get another one tomorrow if you like.

Additinal info:
she wears bell boots on turnout to stop overreaching injuries (which she is prone to)
the grass is rather wet when she is out because of rain adn the dew

I was going to guess they look like soft spots from wet footing and with your explanation she wears bell boots thats what it is.

I'd take those boots off until the footing dries before her skin breaks and she gets some painful sores.

barefoothooves 06-24-2008 01:58 PM

I have a life for one day and everyone posts the intresting stuff! LOL

Looks like excess moisture/bell boots to me, too. Whoever said it was like a bandaid and the soggy skin underneath hit the nail on the head.

Take off the boots. She really shouldn't overreach that much and cut herself up all the time. Granted, it happens with horses that have long strides, but she should be aware of herself enough to avoid catching her heels at liberty. It's usually while ridden that they get tired or are required to do things that exaggerate movement. Have you farrier re-evaluate how he/she's balanced and see if it can be tweaked a little to stop that.


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