Help, looking for advice!

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  • ashleybrooke Original Poster ashleybrooke
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    I have a 5 y/o warmblood gelding who has become sore only noticeably at the trot in the indoor which has some hard footing. The footing isn’t absolutely horrible, but not ideal. On the very soft footing in the outdoor he shows no signs of soreness at all. A week before he came up sore the farrier saw him and gave him a trim (he’s barefoot) and said there was nothing wrong. I’ve since put him on a joint supplement thinking it would help, but he’s only be on it for a little more than three weeks. I’ve lunged him walk/trot once or twice a week to just check in on how he’s doing. When I do I let him walk both directions for about 5 minutes, then ask for a trot. My horse has never had any injuries or lameness issues prior to this. I’m just looking to see if anyone has any insight on what the problem may be!

    fifithehuntress
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    Is it both directions? I would have a vet X-ray the ankles down to check for abnormalities.

    ashleybrooke Original Poster ashleybrooke
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    It started in both directions, but now it is only tracking to the right. There’s no heat anywhere as well.

    fifithehuntress
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    It could be a deep stone bruise, but I would still have a vet take a look. I don’t want to alarm you, but this is how my horse’s high ringbone started. It can be caused by the smallest bone spurs from an old injury. Good news, though, is that injections helped, and we are still competing.

    Mama26kids Mama26kids
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    Hi Ashleybrooke

    My horse has been showing signs of soreness as well on hard frozen ground and my farrier said that most horses will feel tender on the frozen ground especially if they are barefoot. My horse will canter on the soft snow and no pain anywhere else so I’d have to agree with him. On cold hard days he’s slow and tender, when it’s soft he’s ok, so I’m just giving him a break on the icy hard ground days, and I’m getting him a pair of the hoof boots from Calvelo? they sell that on smartpak or at the cavelo website.

    I wouldn’t rush right to radiating his legs. =) good luck.

    ashleybrooke Original Poster ashleybrooke
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    Scout has never had any injuries. It’s also interesting because this same incident happened during the summer, but he got better again within just a few weeks. And then he came up sore in the fall, but was better in less than a week. My farrier also has told me the same thing with the frozen ground. Scout’s due for a trim now anyways so I’m going to see if the farrier can rule anything out. If not, looks like I will be calling the vet. Thank you both for your input!!

    keely_gustin
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    This same thing happened with my horse when I first got her. We ended up putting shoes on just to keep her balanced out. She would go sore and then be fine a few days later then it happened again so we put shoes on her. She didn’t go sore again.

    mandi_peterson
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    If his feet need to grow stronger and healthier, I suggest a pelleted supplement called KOMBAT BOOTS, it is made of dried brewers grain and yeast which is high in biotin. It also helps with stamina and energy, and helps prevent ulcers and colic (ph level). It is not currently offered through smartpak ๐Ÿ™ but it can be ordered by the retailer online. My (1100lb) paint mare gets 1/3 cup twice a day and her feet are great now, we ride on very hard ground too. Sometimes thrush makes her sensitive though. Good luck!

    naturalpasture
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    One you have determined that this is not an issue with his joints, then I would make sure your farrier is tayloring his trim to the specific feet of your horse. Every horse’s feet are very different and each horse works and plays on different footing. A “one size fits all” trim doesn’t work for most horses. You could explain the problem to your farrier and maybe try a slightly different trim on his feet.

    ashleybrooke Original Poster ashleybrooke
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    His feet are pretty strong, but I will certainly consider that supplement if that seems to be a good solution! Thanks!
    My farrier doesn’t do the “one size fits all” trim either. My previous farrier did, but it’s looking like shoes are going to be a solution. Giving my farrier a call today to set something up!
    Thank you everyone for your help! Much appreciated!

    horsetucker horsetucker
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    Have you gone to the vet yet to get him checked out?or there’s this product out there at tractor supply co and it helps sore and hurting places.It really worked on my horse when he fell on his right back leg.

    !god's always lookin down on his cowgirls/boys!....HORSETUCKER

    kandyhorse
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    Keep the joint supplement, add Smart Sox. Wash out his feet daily and massage hoof ointment into coronary band. A little Absorbine before and after exercise is also a good idea.

    kandyhorse
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    Keep the joint supplement, add Smart Sox. Wash out his feet daily and massage hoof ointment into coronary band. A little linament before and after exercise is also a good idea.

    cruisecontrol cruisecontrol
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    I would get a second opinions from your vet, not just your farrier. He may have thin walls or just weaker feet and shoes may help especially if he is only sore on harder footing. It may simply be that he need shoes because harder ground bothers his feet. Other than that abscesses are always a possibility and stone bruises too. I would just consult your vet and maybe try shoeing him and go from the results of that.

    The triple threat of riding = EVENTING! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    cruisecontrol cruisecontrol
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    P.S. Heel infections and thrush are very common as well and can make feet tender. Try regularly applying a product like thrush buster, absorbine hoof flex thrush remedy or something.
    -Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

    The triple threat of riding = EVENTING! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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