Not sure what's going on...
My horse has been exhibiting soreness in first her rear leg (which we attributed to poor saddle fit, so now I am riding in a different saddle that fits) and now she's sore in her two front legs! I have no idea what it is. I pick and clean her feet before I ride and after. I wash them out every Saturday then turn her out into a grassy dry field to graze and let her feet dry.
A little back story: I raised this mare, had an olympic trainer break her right (slow and steady), then when I had a baby and lost my job I sold her. That was 2 years ago. I recently bought her back (about 6 weeks ago) after her previous owner could no longer take care of her. She was in some grizzly conditions with hay only and no grain. She was sooo skinny when i got her, and now she is finally putting on weight.
She is barefoot, but was trimmed two weeks ago by a new farrier. Attached are pics of her two front feet. When I touch her feet, she flinches a bit when I touch around the outer rim. Also her hooves feel soft and her frog is peeling on both hooves.
Thanks so much in advance!
That was trimmed 2 weeks ago? Certainly doesn't look like a recently trimmed hoof. Also I see possibly thrush in that deep heel crack.
Yes that was trimmed on 4/13... it was a new farrier. My farrier wasn't available. Should I call him out and have him do her again?
Do you have before pictures so we know what this farrier was working with? I personally wouldn't let that farrier touch them again but then we don't know how bad they were when he started.
There are a few hoof experts here that will chime in but you will need to get proper hoof critique photos for them to really help you. There is a member Loosie who has a link at the bottom of her signature that will help you with taking proper pictures. But I can tell you that you are most likely battling thrush right now. Lots of threads with good information on them in this section.
I don't have before pictures but I can tell you it was waaaaaay overdue. Like they haven't been done in 4-6 months. I'll try to get some clearer pictures when I go back this evening.
I'll also pick up some thrush stuff at local tractor supply store.
Has she been checked by a vet since you bought her back?
Considering her poor condition I'd start there if you haven't already.
Is she out on a lot of grass? Just thinking about a laminitis issue.
She is in rough board with 24/7 turnout, but I keep her shed clean and dry. The vet checked her out right after I bought her since she needed a rabies and coggins done. She said she needed her hooves trimmed and some weight put on, and that was it. So that's what I did. I started noticing the soreness in her front feet on Sunday, and figured I'd give her a few days to rest and see what happens. I already let my BO know about it and that it could possibly be thrush. She's checking the horse now while I'm at work, and will let me know her opinion.
Can anyone recommend a good thrush solution? I'd rather get it then return it if I don't need it, but I have a feeling I might.
Just curious as to why you wash her feet out every week.
It will be an uphill battle with thrush until you correct, as much as you can, any structural issues. Having clean, dry footing really helps. There are lots of threads on hear dealing with thrush.
I can't tell too much from those pictures, except to agree with Poppy. Also, are you sure her frogs aren't just shedding?
I would make sure her diet promotes the growth of healthy hooves. There are several threads on that, as well.
Are you riding this horse? You say you let her rest, if she needs weight and her hooves look like that you shouldn't be riding her. You will need a thrush solution but depending on the severity of it will depend on what you need. That crack looks deep and if thats deep sulcus thrush you will need to be very aggressive with treatment and need more than just the liquid stuff you squirt in.
Every walkway is gravel, and tiny rocks get stuck in between the frog and the hoof. Also the arena is sand, which also gets stuck aaaalllll the way in there. I wash her feet on Saturdays when I have time, and it gets all those little particles I can't get out with a hoof pick and brush out.
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