PRoblem Please give advice
i have a 3 yr old National show horse and he has started limping a little. he was a little ouchy on the gravel in my pasture and the frozen ground that was all messed up, but i took him in the other side of the pasture that was soft and didnt have a lot of ruts in it and he quit even at a trot he was fine, then i worked with him a little and put the saddle on and my mom and i walked him to her friend's house to use the round pen, he was fine until we got about halfway down the drive and then he started limping a little not every step but he still was limping some, so we got him in the round pen and in certain areas he would limp at the trot we stopped him and checked his hooves and there was a few rocks in them and then we made him trot agian and he still limped a little, the round pen was prety rocky in some areas and it wasnt completley level. My mom and i think he is just stone bruised because he just had his shoes pulled for the winter and he is used to soft footing. i just wanted to see what u pple think.
Any advise would be greatly appreciated
Yep sounds like just a little tender footed.
My gelding LOVES his shoes, i keep them on as long as possible as he is the same gets all limpy when he doesn't have his shoes on (but not lame), just ouchy when walking on harder or uneven ground.
Keep an eye on him, to ensure it inst something else, feel for any heat in his ankle, lower leg, and foot. Heat will indicate inflammation.
Try to avoid hard or rocky surfaces, if he is tender footed this can cause bruising or abcesses.
I think maverick is right. You shouldn't have anything to worry about, my one gelding does the same thing, he's a really big baby haha.
When first out of shoes, horses are generally more sensitive to rocks and most apt to bruise. Keeping them off rocks for a while after shoes are pulled would be a good idea to avoid bruises and potential abscesses. You can always invest in pair of boots for when you want to ride over rocky areas, and not worry about dodging rocks at all, and posssibly save yourself the expense of shoes next season.
Honestly it could be anything. My mare has that occasional limp and she has navicular. We just thought it was a bruise till it progressed. Can you see any bruising on the sole? It wouldnt hurt to buy a pair of hoof testers to keep on hand. I would wait it out a little (maybe a few weeks then call the vet). It should get better with time not any worse.
It could be anything('navicular' is definitely not a problem confined to certain breeds, just more prevalent(or acute) in QH/arab type hoof confos) but I'd also guess it's probably bruising/sensitivity due to weak, unconditioned(to gravel) heels & just coming out of shoes. Sending us hoof pics of various angles would give us more ideas of specifics.
Don't just pray, but do some research & learn about hoof function & factors that affect soundness. Also there are a few different approaches and many different standards of 'expert' out there, so blind faith is not something I'd advocate - do your homework, so that you have an idea of which 'experts' really know what they're on about & are worth listening to & employing. On that note, hoofrehab.com & barefoothorse.com are great places to start. barehoofcare.com is another good one, which includes a section on considering situations in which metal shoes may be appropriate & least likely to have adverse effects.
I too would say boot/pad him for rough stuff, so you don't have to avoid it. Also interested how much & what sort of riding you do, and how long has he been shod for, considering he's still a youngster? I don't advocate putting metal shoes on a horse until they're mature, so their feet at least have a chance to develop properly first.
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