Stiff for a week, then suddenly wounds in coronary bands?
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.
The horse you think is the oldest, is almost always the one that is still three years old in his mind.