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Lameness After Hoof Trimming
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Lameness After Hoof Trimming

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Carole Stephens
• Friday, 05 March, 2021
• 8 min read

The bare foot farrier told me that he trimmed my horse a little short this time for reasons unknown. A couple of days after Dakota got trimmed I took him in for a chiropractic appointment, and the vet told me that my horse was trimmed extremely short.

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I waited a week like the vet told me too, because he said let's see how this adjustment works and see how he is moving after a week also to see if Dakota's hoof soreness went away. After arguing back and forth he finally admitted to trimming too short, and to have Dakota wear boots only at night for a week, and see how he does.

My Dakota is still extremely lame, and is now when walking forward will hardly bend his front legs. I have also been rubbing thermoses on his legs.I have also noticed that he is laying down a lot.

Yes, on the surface from what you've told, sounds like the farrier trimmed badly & that may be the whole cause, but you say he's always been sore after a trim, you say it's been a month, he's lying down a lot... I'd consider it rather urgent to get a good lameness prognosis ASAP. In the meantime, you could post pics of his feet(see my signature for what's required) and info on diet, condition, lifestyle, work, etc.

I left her on soft ground, filled her hooves with a clay paste, and wrapped them, making it so there was a lot of vet wraps on the bottom of her hooves. After 3 weeks she is pretty much normal now other than lifting each front hoof every now and again.

Vet, out now. Something more could be going on yes, as loose said, but the symptoms you have described line up to exactly to what I've heard of from a farrier that completely butchered a horse's feet to the point that the horse had to be euthanized. Called my vet came out to look at him and suggested that I put some hoof boots on, and to leave them on him for 3-5 days.

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that's what doesn't add up, that makes me... question OP's vet's advice. IF the horse is still sore from the trim, it was a godawful trim and something is seriously wrong, for it to still be causing issues a month later, and for the vet to just say boot the horse for 3-5 days is, well... MMM.

With the boots on he seems to be feeling back to himself, but when they come off he starts to be lame again. We got x Ray's done, and it shows that his bones are straight with no signs of laminates.

Vet also told me that I might just have to put shoes back on him, and that he might just be a horse that just needs shoes instead of being bare-footed. Yes pics be good, and if you can include x-rays that be of interest too. Fyi, x-rays don't show subclinical laminates, or laminates without mechanical changes(aka founder), so won't rule out Lamp, only certain degrees.

That he might just be a horse that just needs shoes instead of being bare-footed. But he was sound barefooted prior to the trim, right? Be careful of vets preference to shoes.

Many tend to be behind on the front line advances on hoof care. Hoping there was a tack in the frog to show sole depth and also a wire along the front to show flare and alignment with the coffin bone and accurate CE measurement.

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As you say can be trimmer or farrier, but it is wrong for any horse to be lame after trimming. As you say can be trimmer or farrier, but it is wrong for any horse to be lame after trimming.

Bringing them in and putting them on a deep bed will relieve the pain of walking around on hard ground. There is good and bad with every trade, but if someone is laming a horse, perhaps a change is needed.

There is good and bad with every trade, but if someone is laming a horse, perhaps a change is needed. Lamenessaftertrimming can be an early warning sign of low grade laminitis, or it could just be pure coincidence that they have gone footy after a trim and there is something else going on in their feet. I would get farrier back asap.

I would get your farrier straight back up and let him assess the damage because he needs to be able to see the effect of his work on your horses. Everyone can make a mistake, professional or not, and if he holds his hands up, apologizes and takes more care in the future I'd give him a second chance. Then the horses would be put on but and ideally a shavings bed for a couple of days until their feet have settled down.

Despite trying to be really conservative on his flat left front, he took off more than Frankie could cope with, and it was obvious as soon as it was done. Farrier was absolutely mortified and texted me daily for updates to see how he was getting on, and it didn't happen again.

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He is also sore if the farrier trims the soles or frogs, so they get left alone. Compare this with another farrier I used whose attitude was “some horses go lame after being shod” and was not that worried.

It may also be the case that the ground is hard and lumpy and therefore a bit difficult to walk across? If he doesn't care then fine, sack him but is a bit drastic if you have never had a problem before. If the problem is a sudden change of hoof balance then the horses will actually be better off moving around, not box rested.

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Summary Your horse seems sore after the farrier has either trimmed or shod them. In many cases, if the horse seemed sound to you prior to the visit, something was done to the feet that has made them sore.

The shoe could be applying excessive pressure to the sole, or the angle changes that were made are more than the horse could handle. Also consider that the horse may have been lame before the farrier visit, and you might not have noticed until now.

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What To Do Contact your vet if the problem does not seem to be resolving after 48 hours. A dose or two of an NSAID like but may help provide a bit of temporary relief and reduce inflammation in the hooves. For shod horses that develop soreness almost immediately after the farrier visit, time may only make the problem worse.

Your vet considers the timing since the farrier visit as a factor in the lameness evaluation. It is likely that the lameness is related to whatever changes were made to the hoof, but the problem may also be unrelated.

Your vet performs a physical examination and lameness evaluation, focusing on the hoof. Diagnostics Your Vet May Perform Figuring out the cause of the problem.

In many cases, the simplest solution for problems of this nature is to trim less aggressively. Likewise, we can protect the foot with the application of shoes or boots, and through the use of pads or pour-in materials.

Long-term approaches and solutions are, of course, more desirable, and they require a deeper look at the underlying elements that encourage good sole depth and health. Regular maintenance that is designed to keep the foot “backed up” and under the bony column of the limb is vital.

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A foot that is allowed to “run forward” will tend to become thin soled. Basic nutritional concerns play a role as well, and a general assessment of the potential need to supplement and encourage hoof growth.

Dr. Lydia Gray is the Medical Director and Staff Veterinarian for Martial Equine in Plymouth, MA, where she directs the research and development of products and provides horse health and nutrition education to a wide variety of audiences. Dr. Gray’s work has appeared in more than a dozen general and trade publications, and she speaks frequently around the country.

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