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Lame horse please help.
Rusty is out lame right now. Due to our last shoer we had took his anger out on Rusty and was rough with him. He got sand up between his hoof and shoe. (Or at least that's what we think is going on) We are getting a shoer out here soon. Until then I am soaking his leg in a bucket of warm Epsom Salt water, and putting thrush medicine on him. Does anyone know of any other way we could help Rusty and cure his lameness. He can put weight on his leg but is lame on it. He is a bit stiff on it. He is normally fine on that leg. (He is 20 years) He has been lame on and off on that leg ever since the shoer. If you have any other ideas how to help Rusty's lameness.
The photo is of him soaking his leg today. He falls asleep when I put his leg in the water.
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.
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.
Get the vet out if you can't wait for the farrier.
I would suggest using a shorter bucket.
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
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?
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 :-)!
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 :wink:
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?
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