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HELPPPPP!!!! I'm not sure what's making my horse lame. And i know I need to seek a vet but with this corona virus stuff going on I cant afford to pay a vet if it's not something I absolutely have to do. And still them I might not be able to. He is limping on his front (if your facing him) right hoof. I am going to attach pictures. I dont see any wounds or anything. It looks like his heel bulbs are a little swollen. Any help would be appreciated. I ran cold water on what looks swollen for 20 minutes today.
 

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EEK! Those angles don't give an accurate idea of what's going on, except the heels are WAAAAY long. However, the first pic, which doesn't show much of itself, makes it look like heels are low, so while theyre long, they've collapsed/crushed forward. Pretty sure if you're in America, farriers are still working. You need to find a good one ASAP. In the meantime, clean those manky frogs well & disinfect and keep them dry.
 

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that was my impression, too, and I am not a foot guru, like @loosie is.


could you post a photo of the hoofs, as the horse is stood up on clean feet, on flat cement? get the camera right down so that it is really close to the ground, so that photo will be at as close to straight (no angle) view as possible. It does appear that the heels are very long, and thus possibly very underrun, but a side view will tell better.
 

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Is there any heat or swelling in the legs? Is the lameness absolutely in the front legs? Which one and on what surface? How long have they been lame?

Is the horse non weight bearing at the walk coming out of his stall? If so it could be an access.

Is the horse only lame at the trot on a circle? Could be a suspensory.

The heel is very long and collapsed, but we can't see if there's thrush due to the thrush-x already in the hoof.
If we had a video of the lameness, that could help too.

But, all that said, we aren't vets looking at the horse in real life. Horses require vet care just like we require doctors. Unfortunately, that means sometimes having to pay for it when it isn't the best timing. A harsh reality, but that's the price we pay for loving expensive, large, like-to-hurt-themselves animals.
 

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EEK! Those angles don't give an accurate idea of what's going on, except the heels are WAAAAY long. However, the first pic, which doesn't show much of itself, makes it look like heels are low, so while theyre long, they've collapsed/crushed forward. Pretty sure if you're in America, farriers are still working. You need to find a good one ASAP. In the meantime, clean those manky frogs well & disinfect and keep them dry.
Thank you for your help!!! I have a farrier coming out today. So hopefully this will help and some loving care.
 

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Is there any heat or swelling in the legs? Is the lameness absolutely in the front legs? Which one and on what surface? How long have they been lame?

Is the horse non weight bearing at the walk coming out of his stall? If so it could be an access.

Is the horse only lame at the trot on a circle? Could be a suspensory.

The heel is very long and collapsed, but we can't see if there's thrush due to the thrush-x already in the hoof.
If we had a video of the lameness, that could help too.

But, all that said, we aren't vets looking at the horse in real life. Horses require vet care just like we require doctors. Unfortunately, that means sometimes having to pay for it when it isn't the best timing. A harsh reality, but that's the price we pay for loving expensive, large, like-to-hurt-themselves animals.

He is absolutely lame on the front left leg. When he walks he limps. And the circle as well. On concrete he hurts as well as grass. I have given him something for pain and treating for thrush. I have a farrier coming out today. So I hope she can help if not it to the vet he goes or. The vet will have to come out. Thank you for the help!
 
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