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post #1 of 15 Old 05-15-2020, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Horse very sore after trim?? Help appreciated!!

My farrier came two days ago for my 13 year old paint/Arab mare. She’s always been super sound but last night I noticed she was walking incredibly stiff and sore. Pretty sure she was cut too short but would like to know everyone’s opinion. I am no expect when it comes to hooves and would like to see what other people with a little more knowledge than me think of her trim. I haven’t been using this farrier long, only about 6 months) My old farrier had back issues. Haven’t had a problem until now. She was VERY long when my farrier trimmed her on Wednesday and now I’m thinking she’s VERY short. I’ve attached pictures of angels. Any responses at all I will greatly appreciate. She’s always been barefoot and like I said never had a problem.
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-15-2020, 07:33 PM
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Call your farrier and tell them the horse is hurting and sore...
You need him to come check on her as this is totally out of character.
Your farrier is a professional...
No different than a doctor, he is a doctor of hooves and should be concerned and return ASAP for a look-see.
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post #3 of 15 Old 05-15-2020, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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I might reach out to her, but she has been pretty bad at getting back to me. I almost got a new farrier before this cause she wasn’t answering my calls or texts for weeks. This is why my horse was extra overdue in the first place
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post #4 of 15 Old 05-15-2020, 08:16 PM
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There is no "might" about it...
Call the farrier...
If no follow-up call, then I would be calling my vet to come see the animal and find the cause, what ever it is ..
You can't, or shouldn't just leave the horse to be sore and not know why...if the animal is not walking normal in 2 more days time...get the vet out!

If the farrier can't be bothered returning your call, and returning to see the animal then to me the answer is clearly told and a new farrier it would be.
Oh...and once you secure the new farrier I would call this one, now fired and let them know you realize they are busy and took their non-response as they no longer were wanting you as a client.
This is a courtesy call to let them know you understood their non-message returned and searched for another.
If, if they would like to discuss this they know how to reach you...otherwise, thank-you for their service.
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post #5 of 15 Old 05-15-2020, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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I agree with you, I just have my doubts about her getting back to me in a timely manner, although it’s definitely worth the try. She was great in the beginning but after this I believe I’ll be switching farriers regardless. Also just wanted some confirmation in what I’m seeing. Even her angels look a little funny.
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post #6 of 15 Old 05-15-2020, 09:15 PM
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sorry, but odd 'flair' on the bars and quarters, and wierd dark spots.

we need a hoof guru. @loosie ?
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post #7 of 15 Old 05-15-2020, 09:33 PM
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The trim in general looks a bit unbalanced but not over trimmed, per se(depending on the horses threshold). Its apparent that they were far overgrown before the trim considering the hoof wall distortion and stretched lamine from the flares. A few things come to mind if this is abnormal for her after a trim, it could be she's a little body sore from the sudden change in angles, it could be that she is on too much spring grass and has inflammation, or she is a horse that prefers more hoof wall support to lessen the load on her soles. In any case, you should call your/a farrier that can evaluate her and discuss a solution to her discomfort

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post #8 of 15 Old 05-15-2020, 10:57 PM
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While we all wait fo @loosie to have a look:

1. You did pretty good taking the pictures:)

2. I donít see where too much hoof was taken UNLESS too much heel was taken and the tendons are sore. Some horses are very sensitive to a big change in heel height.

Being long overdue for a trim likely also allowed a lot of heel growth to happen. The farrier was probably playing catch-up with the hooves and took more heel in one strike than the horse could tolerate. I have a horse like this:)

3. Thereís a lot of excess flair on the backs of both hooves that could come off.

One can never be sure when looking at pics but it appears there is some thrush issue in the central sulci and also a bit in the collateral grooves. That can also be reason for soreness:)

4. Feel the lower legs for heat, tenderness and any mild puffiness because I am going with too much heel came off and itís the tendons that are sore:)

If that is the case, cold hose for 20 minutes and apply the old standard of Absorbine, or some other product will probably work. Just donít apply a heavy layer of anything until you know it wonít burn her skin:):).

IF sore tendons are the issue:)

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post #9 of 15 Old 05-16-2020, 02:49 AM
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Those don't look too short to me. What I see (bearing in mind I am NOT a farrier, only an educated owner) is too much heel which is run forward, flare that hasn't been addressed, and possible thrush in the central sulcus. In addition it looks like her bars might be a little long and overlaid, which would also contribute to soreness. These issues do not develop overnight or even in one trim.
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post #10 of 15 Old 05-16-2020, 10:17 AM
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I see a feet that are in need of a good trim. Over grown bars long heels ,that aren't balanced one longer than other.

My horses were just trimmed/shod an there feet are way shorter then feet shown here in pictures. And are not sore,but bars aren't over grown and heels aren't long an uneven either.

Those feet aren't too short far from it.
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