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englishaqh 08-31-2012 11:53 AM

My horse's shoe came loose yesterday
Yesterday I went out to my horse's paddock to get her, and she looked up and me a noticed me and started pawing her foot. She didn't want to put much pressure on it and when she tried to walk she was limping terribly to try and support herself without putting pressure on that hoof. The shoe came out on one side and twisted over and was on her foot. We pulled the shoe, and she wasn't limping as badly. She didn't exactly look comfortable (as I'm sure you can imagine) but the big limp was definitely gone. We brought her in and bathed her, squirted out the hoof (we didn't see any signs of a puncture), and vet-wrapped/duct taped over the hoof temporarily. Her farrier is going to see her today (I don't know if I'll get a chance to get up there or not) and make sure that she is okay, probably put on a new shoe. I was planning on riding yesterday but of course I am giving her off until we get further notice that it is okay to continue. It was her right front, which looked chipped and slightly torn up on both sides.

How serious do you think this sounds? I know horses tear shoes all the time, and she has done it in the past but it never caused a limp. How long do you typically give them off for this kind of thing?

Thanks everyone. :D

poppy1356 08-31-2012 11:59 AM

I think it depends on how much damage it did. If it just damaged extra hoof that would be trimmed off anyway I doubt there's any worry.

My horse has only had shoes for a few weeks but as far as I know it is not common for horses to tear off shoes...

OwnedByAlli 08-31-2012 12:07 PM

Tossing shoes is something most owners should expect occasionally. Some horses pull shoes and don't notice (like mine, thank heaven XD) and others find it extreamly difficult to cope without a shoe.

When your farrier reshoes the horse, walk her round and make sure she isn't lame while the farrier is still there- the farrier is the man who will be able to do something if your mare is still lame. She will probably be absoloutly fine after the reshoe so there is no reason not to carry on working her normally.

If Alli pulls a shoe I can't usually get a farrier out within 3 days so I have to work her just lightly on the lunge to keep her ticking over. If I managed to get my farrier within 2 days I would probably just rest her for those days to keep the foot as damage free as possible so it isn't weakend for the next shoe.

poppy1356 08-31-2012 12:14 PM

Occasionally yes, but not "all the time" as stated in original post. I would be concerned how she did it though if it was twisted all the way over on top of her hoof.

englishaqh 08-31-2012 05:01 PM

I wish I had pictures of it. I should have tried to take some (even if they were terrible quality haha). I noticed some decent chipping on both sides of the hoof. She was done I believe 4 weeks ago, and in the summer she's on a 4-week trim schedule anyway so she wasn't JUST trimmed which I'm assuming is good. I'm not at the barn today but my farrier is supposed to text me with an update so I'm waiting for that, to find out if she's developing an abcess or if she is good to go (which I'm assuming will happen :).

englishaqh 08-31-2012 08:06 PM

Her farrier reshoed her, she was ok, and he said she might be a little sore but will most likely be alright for work again. Thanks for your advice!

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