I purchased a horse at Christmas time and he came in with severe thrush and deep cracks in the heel of his feet. He was slightly off right front and left rear and sensitive to hoof touch. I have been able to completely clear up the thrush but he is still slightly off and the other day we had a lesson and worked a lot on poles and a few jumps and the next day he was very lame. Especially right front. Even though the thrush is better, could it have residual effects for awhile, or is there possibly other stuff going on? Have vet coming soon…..any ideas? He is also very unbalanced ( especially to the right ) and favors his left lead. Been working on building muscle and strength to overcome.
You should consult both your vet and farrier on this issue. I’ve never known thrush to cause what you are describing. Was he sound when you got him? Most horses are either left or right handed, but not usually to this degree. Mine was when I met him, and I put him on Smartpak Muscle Mass which improved his entire body, and consequently his ability and willingness to work both directions. I also did a lot of flexing and bending exercises with him.
Don’t work a horse with lameness as you don’t know the source. It could be a tendon or laminitis or anything. It sounds like this horse is recovering from injury. I cannot imagine thrush causing what you’ve described as the lameness occurred after you worked the horse.
See a vet promptly and get to the bottom of it. Confine him until you get the green light to ride lest you do real damage to the horse.
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