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post #1 of 13 Old 07-03-2020, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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Extreme lameness in horses front legs after trimmed

I have no clue what I should be doing for my poor horse. He got trimmed about a month ago and ever since he has not been the same. The bare foot farrier told me that he trimmed my horse a little short this time for reasons unknown. After farrier trimmed my horse, He could hardly walk. I gave it a few days thinking that my horse Dakota had always been sore after a trimming, and didn't think any thing about it. A couple days after Dakota got trimmed I took him in for a chiropractic appointment, and the vet told me that my horse was trimmed extremely short. I waited a week like the vet told me too, because he said let's see how this adjustment works and see how he is moving after a week also to see if Dakota's hoof soreness went away. So I called the farrier back, and when he got to where my horse was. He blamed my horses lameness on everyone else that had seen and worked on my horse except himself. After arguing back and forth he finally admitted to trimming too short, and to have Dakota wear boots only at night for a week, and see how he does. My dakota is still extremely lame, and is now when walking forward will hardly bend his front legs. He is also when walking crossing his front legs. I keep giving him banamine and bute to try and help his pain. I have also been rubbing thermoflex on his legs.i have also noticed that he is laying down a lot. I do not know what to do to try and get my horse from not being in pain when trying to move around.
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-03-2020, 01:35 AM Thread Starter
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Extreme lameness in front legs after a trim

It has also almost been a month since Dakota was trimmed
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post #3 of 13 Old 07-03-2020, 02:48 AM
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Get back onto your vet, or a good lameness specialist vet, if yours isn't of that persuasion. Yes, on the surface from what you've told, sounds like the farrier trimmed badly & that may be the whole cause, but you say he's always been sore after a trim, you say it's been a month, he's lying down a lot... I think there's more to it, sounds like he could be acutely laminitic. I'd consider it rather urgent to get a good lameness prognosis ASAP.

In the meantime, you could post pics of his feet(see my signature for what's required) and info on diet, condition, lifestyle, work, etc. That may give some more accurate ideas.
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post #4 of 13 Old 07-03-2020, 09:17 AM
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I have a mini that was trimmed very badly just before I got her. I left her on soft ground, filled her hooves with a clay paste, and wrapped them, making it so there was a lot of vet wrap on the bottom of her hooves.


Here is the clay mix: https://theotherhorse.wordpress.com/...-thrush-paste/
It also cleaned up her thrush too.


After 3 weeks she is pretty much normal now other then lifting each front hoof every now and again.


Hope you find something for your horse that works :)

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post #5 of 13 Old 07-03-2020, 09:19 AM
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Vet, out now.

Something more could be going on yes, as loosie said, but the symptoms you have described line up to exactly to what I've heard of from a farrier that completely butchered a horse's feet to the point that the horse had to be euthanized.

I would post hoof pictures as well, to get some more ideas.

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post #6 of 13 Old 07-05-2020, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Called my vet came out to look at him and suggested that I put some hoof boots on, and to leave them on him for 3-5 days. Also suggested that I keep dakota in his stall for a little bit. So that he can be on some soft ground. Told me to walk him at least twice a day with boots on.
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post #7 of 13 Old 07-06-2020, 03:01 AM
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Thanks for updating. Did vet give any specifics about cause? Diet? Management? Anything? Care to share some hoof pics?
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Get x-rays if you can. Find another trimmer for certain. And learn all you can about trimming. There's a lot to know. Start by studying everything free online by Gene Ovnicek and Pete Ramey.

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post #9 of 13 Old 07-06-2020, 11:07 PM
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Still sore a month after a trim? If the trimming has anything to do with the lameness, the trim must've been not just a little short, but extremely short. Or it could be something else, a touch of laminitis, or hoof abscesses. Find someone who knows more about trimming, for sure. On my horses, I trim the heels, bars, walls. But frogs and soles, I leave alone.
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post #10 of 13 Old 07-07-2020, 04:17 AM
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^That's what doesn't add up, that makes me... question OP's vet's advice. IF the horse is still sore from the trim, it was a godawful trim and something is seriously wrong, for it to still be causing issues a month later, and for the vet to just say boot the horse for 3-5 days is, well... hmmm. If it's not due to the trim, - perhaps the short trim was just a coincidence, or was just the 'final straw' that the hoof problems needed to become major - then something is seriously wrong, be in laminitis or otherwise, and to just say 'give it 3-5 days' is... hmmm. But of course, perhaps the vet said/did a lot more than just that. Either way, I'd be wanting some serious answers.
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