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post #11 of 18 Old 03-18-2009, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Pepper has typical appy feet, white with black stripes through. Though his feet were pretty badwhen she got him so his sole is a bit ragged, it is getting better with our farrier. I would think that it isn't improper trimming, simply because this guy is the best farrier we have had and seems a lot more knowledgable than past ones.

I'll let her know about soaking in epsom salts. Is there a particular ratio, i.e. 2tbs of salt to 1L water? It might be a good thing to try before she pays for a hoof test from the vet...

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post #12 of 18 Old 03-18-2009, 10:50 PM
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Just go by the package instructions for sprains. Warm water is preferable, more soothing. Could be a waste of your time, but like I said, won't hurt anything and might give you a clue what's going on. Good luck! Hope it is just a bruise!
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post #13 of 18 Old 03-19-2009, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks!

I actually spoke to Sam at lunchtime today. She said he has made a bit of improvement since the shoes. She has ridden him (lightly) a few times, and he is fine on a straight, and fone turning to the right, but lame turning to the left still (the left fore is the problem).

She has asked me to hop on him birefly tonight and just see if he feels any better.

I suggested the Epsom Salts to her, and I think we might try it. I suppose the only place to go from there is a full on hoof test.

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post #14 of 18 Old 03-19-2009, 04:07 AM
 
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if hes sound on the straight and lame on corners then it is deffinatly hoof.. atleast i tihnk thaats what my instructor told me..
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post #15 of 18 Old 03-19-2009, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, I jumped on Pepper bareback last ngiht and rode him up to let my dog out and back down, then got my friend Lynda who had just arrived to have a look at him while I trotted him.

He felt fine mostly, stepping a little short on the gravel and when turning left, but no actual limping... This view was confirmed by Lynda watching us.

So I think she is going to do a couple more 5 minute rides next week to monitor, and if he still feels ok she might bring him up to pony club for our rally day, and just see how he goes...

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post #16 of 18 Old 03-19-2009, 10:40 PM
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Give him a few more days and if its not improving then get someone to reccomend a vet and call and ask prices. They will tell you over the phone what the likely steps will be and cost.
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post #17 of 18 Old 03-19-2009, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Gluey! As I said above, he is actually going fairly well at the moment, so we are going to introduce a couple of light rides (5/10 minutes of walk/trot) and see how he holds up. If he goes back to limping though we will go back to the hoof test idea.

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post #18 of 18 Old 03-20-2009, 05:11 AM
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Hopefully its something that the shoes have taken the pressure off. Hope he continues to improve.:)
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