February 2, 2015 at 10:47 am
Help! I have a 20 year old mare that seems to keep clipping her front cannon bones when she gets up. This results in about a silver dollar size gash on the front of both front cannon bones. I have had the farrier edge her shoes different but that has not helped. I have tried every topical medicine I can find and simply can’t get these area healed. It has been MANY months. As soon as I make any progress, I come back to the barn the next day and they are both bloody again. Has anyone faced a similar problem and found a successful solution?
As background, I have been told not to wrap the legs overnight as she stocks up even without that. This mare is huge (@17-3 hands and probably about 2,000 pounds). She has had a long, strenuous, successful jumping career. I am blessed to have gotten her for retirement but deal with a lot of issues. Simply put, if she stands or lays down for any period of time, getting back up or moving are very hard for her. She is on all kinds of stuff to help keep her comfortable but at her age and background I try to just take it one day at a time.
That said, I hate these gashes and worry every time I seem them draining down her leg. Aside from covering her in bubble wrap I don’t know what else to do.
Any help or ideas would be very much appropriated.February 2, 2015 at 6:58 pm
Have you considered removing her shoes? She would likely be sore for about a week or so, but it might be the best option available.
It is never the horse's faultFebruary 3, 2015 at 9:18 am
Thanks for responding Joe-Joe,
When fall/winter hit I talked to the farrier, trainer and prior owner about that idea. Apparently, they tried it twice and both times were not able to ever get her sound without shoes. She is so fragile (if you can say that about a girl her size) that almost everything we try to fix one issue seems causes another. I even also moved her to a giant stall about 6 months ago thinking perhaps she just needed more space to get up and down. I have tried all of the usual topical stuff (Novisen, that silver liquid bandage stuff, etc) It all starts to heal it till she hits it again. I feel like I need to find some way to wrap/protect/pad the area but in a way it won’t trap heat in the leg. When I am out at the barn tomorrow I will try to remember to take a picture and post it.
Thanks again for helping.February 3, 2015 at 11:24 am
Is there some sort of boot you could put on over her hooves? Something with reasonably soft edges? Wracking my brain for you!
It is never the horse's faultFebruary 3, 2015 at 12:28 pm
Thank you again! My brain wracking has failed and I am grateful for the help. I tried the soft esckadron bell boots that Velcro around the hoofs. Not sure why they did not work but they didn’t. They can slide around a bit so that might be the issue. Not sure I mentioned it before but I do have the farrier bevel the edges of the shoes so they are not that sharp but that has not helped. If it were just an appearance thing I would try not worry. I just lose sleep at night worried that these will get infected. Arriving at the barn and seeing blood seeping down your horses legs 1-2 times a week is just not fun.February 3, 2015 at 1:42 pm
Bell boots do not cover the entire hoof. There are other boots that do, but since I haven’t ever needed them, I cannot remember what they are called.
It is never the horse's faultFebruary 3, 2015 at 1:53 pm
Check out these things! Appear to be something that might solve your problem.
It is never the horse's faultFebruary 3, 2015 at 2:17 pmMapaleTopics Started: 4Replies Posted: 421
Have you tried Equifit Horse Sox? I use them on the cannon bone under exercise boots because they protect from the boot rub and keep the leg cooler. You get a tube of it -and cut it lengthwise to fit, then pull it up over the foot until it covers the cannon bone. They are compression socks so will help reduce any swelling.
I found them here on Smartpak:
But I have also ordered them from amazon.
Also could you vet wrap the front edge of your horse’s hoof to blunt it? And perhaps vet wrap cushioned with gauze (treated with antiseptic) on the cannon bone until the wound completely heals. Good luck.
- This reply was modified 3 years, 2 months ago by Mapale. Reason: added link to smartpak
- This reply was modified 3 years, 2 months ago by Mapale.
Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...February 3, 2015 at 5:06 pm
Zoe and I thank you both. These seem like great. I am going to order/try the horse sox first as they seems like a really easy solution. I must though admit my old girl would look very cute in those crocs shoes. Everyone always says she looks like the hippo in Fantasia. She would really look like them in pink toes shoes. 🙂
If the sox don’t work they will be my plan B. Thanks again.February 4, 2015 at 6:43 pmMHBTAvatarTopics Started: 1Replies Posted: 31
You might also try Tubigrip – – – I think you can get it cheaper than the Equifit socks. Your mare would probably need the 4″ size, which is what most people put on their ‘normal-sized’ horses’ hinds. Not actually made for horses, but they are commonly used under Porter Boots to reduce chaffing. I suspect they were the non-tech pre-curser that inspired the Equifit socks. They might be a cheaper option than anything with the name ‘Equifit’ :-).
You might also look at the Soft Ride comfort boots. A horse in my barn has issues with sore feet and he wears them 24/7. I haven’t used them myself but his owners love them and they look very soft around the edges. You’d be looking at $200 or so a pair. However, if all else fails, they might be worth it. https://www.softrideboots.com/default.aspFebruary 5, 2015 at 9:18 am
Thank you. I am going to try those comfort boots either way. If Zoe stands still too long her first couple steps are incredibly painful for her and at times she seems like she will fall. Since I bought here I have installed the “expensive mats” mentioned in the soft ride boot ad along with moving her to a larger stall, supplements, regular anti-inflammatory medication, and completely changed her workout program (now daily long, slow, easy hacks with long warm ups – and no jumping). Combined, those have made a HUGE difference. At this point all I deal with is the occasional bad day and these stupid cannon sores. With luck, these suggestions will help me concur these too.March 4, 2015 at 9:18 am
Just wanted to post that the horse sox idea worked. We are now about 3 weeks into using them and one leg is completely healed and the hair is about 75% back. The other leg is no longer bloody and the scab is almost gone. I am still putting the sox on this area until fully healed and there is some hair back for protection. I have also been covering the legs at night with fly boots that are cut down. This was suggested as a way to add a bit of protection without holding in heat around the tendon. When they are both good I plan to let her go back to natural to see if just having the hair back is enough. If not, I know how to heal them up.
Thanks for everyone’s help.March 4, 2015 at 9:43 amMapaleTopics Started: 4Replies Posted: 421
Great news zoe222! And thank you for posting the update. I’m so glad to hear that your mare is almost healed! The fly boots idea is genius. Your mare is lucky to have you. 😉
Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...March 4, 2015 at 5:22 pmMHBTAvatarTopics Started: 1Replies Posted: 31
Yes – – the fly wraps idea was brilliant! So glad she’s doing well 🙂
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