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post #1 of 13 Old 08-14-2019, 06:32 AM Thread Starter
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Stiff for a week, then suddenly wounds in coronary bands?

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My mare was walking fine, going 9 km/h as if it were nothing at all to speed across town each time, her usual. Then, last week, she went lame. Not dead lame, not one-foot-up lame, but stiff in both front feet. Both soft and hard grounds were a slight issue. It came up slowly, so I thought, this is her getting a little stiff due to the amount of sugar that may be hidden in a supplement. Since we're working on her obesity, I thought, hey, laminitis. But she never took the classical stance, kept walking and running. Had no problem turning. Hard asphalt was just absolute murder on her after a while. Took away her grains and supplements, reduced her grass time even more to be sure, and waited it out. After three days, she was already feeling a lot better. She never got medication for it, has never been laminitis-prone, has already lost a lot of weight and continues to do so. At one point, I got on, just for a walk, and her speed was reduced to almost nothing. She was in discomfort, she wanted to walk but it was very hard for her. Got off, went home, checked her over. Nothing warm, no pulsation, nothing. Feet had been done four weeks prior, so I did them again to be sure. No change for the worse, nothing better either, it seemed.

Soaked her feet to be extra sure. A week later, she's moving far, far better (hard ground is still a struggle, but at least she's not going around as if I'm going to take her to a slaughterhouse) but still icky. Then, a few days ago, so a week and a half since I rode her, and weird wounds start showing up in her coronary band. Is she overreaching all of a sudden? It makes no sense. A few days ago were the first tiny wounds. Then the day after came another one, on her right front. A day after that came yet another new one, but on her left. I've added some pictures to see if anyone gets any wiser...

First picture is right front, second is her left front. It looks worse with disinfecting it, but as you can see by her hoof wall, some blood ran down there.

Is my horse that much of an idiot to herself that she somehow, magically overreaches every day? Or is it due to laminitis or some sort of abscesses in her feet? Farrier thinks abcesses, vet thinks it's just 'weird' since she has no pronounced pulsation or hot feet.
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-14-2019, 02:50 PM
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Looks like she blew abscesses out.
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post #3 of 13 Old 08-14-2019, 03:57 PM
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Yep. Blew abscesses out the coronary band rather than the bottom of the foot.
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post #4 of 13 Old 08-14-2019, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Phew, if that's it, then that's a relief! It wouldn't have anything to do with laminitis then? The only thing I can think of that caused them is that we moved a month or two ago and now we have to take more streets to get to the fields. So, a lot of hard ground.

I've never had them blow out up top, so is it the same sort of treatment? Soaking with bicarbonate, disinfecting, leaving it as it is or wrapping it up? She's only slightly uncomfortable now, so I suppose wrapping would be too much for her at the moment.

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I would also think abscesses... gotta say the "weird" isn't the most professional explanation!!

It is possible she has subclinical laminitis that contributed to the abscesses it's odd to have a bunch like that. Is she shod? I would be careful about riding her hard on hard surfaces, she may want to go but her feet may not be up for it.
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She's not shod, no! Hasn't been for five or six years, now. She has boots, but they chafe with the wounds, and they are only brought out when we go riding in vulcanic areas or areas that have her hooves wear too fast. Over here, it's only the front and back of her hooves that show some wear from the streets. I only ever walk on asphalt, especially considering it's about 1 km of asphalt until we reach the flattened grounds and gravel of the fields. Then there's also some asphalt in between for crosses and such. I get worried about her fast, so now I mostly get off on asphalt because of the added weight I would be on her feet. She still needs to move because she carries way too many pounds, but considering lunging her as well from time to time, for that. Included a picture of her to show you just how heavy she is - she's a crossbreed, yes, but still. Fat is fat :')

I agree with you on the vet though. It's one of the best answers you're going to get in this region...
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post #7 of 13 Old 08-14-2019, 06:54 PM
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Horses who are laminitic or who have metabolic issues are more prone to abscesses as the hooves are compromised. Your mare is the body type to be at risk. Is she sound now that they've blown?
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No, but then again, no horse I've ridden up to now what's immediately sound after blowing them. She's much better though, that's for sure... Still has trouble with hard and uneven footing and rough gravel. Fields and hard ground are no big deal anymore. She was, however, tested for IR and then MS to be sure, while we were in the clinic (she has had ulcers and is a continuing tummy patient) but she has neither. She's simply fat as hell, I suppose. Other bloodwork looks good. No Cushings or PSSM either. One thing is that she walks worse with her hoofboots on, though. They've got really hard soles, so I suppose that could be a problem.

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I have never done anything to abscesses. Leave them alone, let them blow, let the damage grow out.

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The abcess's could be do to stone bruising. She's obviously not metabolic because she was tested and nothing showed up.

Some horse's can be fat an never become metabolic. Their just simply fat, just like some people they are fat but never become diabetic.

My gelding abcess's and it's always from stone bruising some springs/summer's are worse then others. Seems like wet seasons are the worst for abcessing. Dealing with abcessing right now.

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