Re: Ex racehorse Thoroughbred going barefoot! Piccies
erh, not 100% happy, he was ridden today and my daughter said that he didnt feel right in trot. She is was right though, he isnt dog lame but, definately not right in that foot that has been the most sore. His hooves have gone down in heat and the white line underneath is tightening up really well, especially when compared to the first photos, you cant really tell from the hoof view at the front, its when you pick up the hoof and look underneath that you can see the big difference and the sole is becoming nice and hard. He is landing heel first in the boots but, something is still not right, Spoke to my vet yesterday, he said yes - self trimming can cause lameness and suggested giving Bute, but dont want to do that, he isnt that bad enough anyway, took his boots off when we got back to yard and walked him on hard surface, he is 100% better than last week, put it that way, but still flinches after say, every 7th stride, albeit on concrete. Shall keep an eye on, no heat in leg or swelling, but he does have a dark purple/red bruise on his heal but very low down, you cant see it when he standing, but if you pick up his foot its where the bulb of the heel goes under to join the sole. So, dont think it was because he over reached, its too low down, perhaps the lameness was due to a stone bruise and its coming out now? I dont know, I am really plucking ideas out of the sky. So, we took him for a walk instead, wearing his boots, down the road and let him eat the grass. Which was all good for him, as he has big issues when hacking out, and doesnt want to stand when asked, i.e. if a car is coming and goes around in circles, but he was an absolute angel today, walked around, stood while the white van passed, was very pleased with him, and the walking on the road, albeit in boots, will help no end to increase foot growth and strengthen the heel. So, no trotting for a while.