I have a 15 yr old OTTB event horse that is having an issue with chronic corns/ heel bruising. This has been going on for 6 - 8 months.
I am looking for any stories on similar experiences, what you did, if you ever found a cause, etc.
Last summer, horse would occasionally take ouchy steps on hard ground going to the right. He was shod and after noticing the occasional ouchiness we used equipak. At the end of the summer he was suddenly toe pointing lame - hauled him to a well respected vet who removed the shoe and found what appeared to be a dry corn. Poulticed, packed, babied for a couple of weeks. Reshod. Lame again. Small slit opened on heel bulb, never saw any drainage. Had x-rays, they looked perfect.
Late fall, farrier made an “onion” shoe, which actually made the horse worse. (BTW, This farrier is well known and respected by the vets and has been my farrier for 20 years) Pulled that off and made a bar shoe, we let him adjust to it for 2 weeks, and then started lightly working him. He looked good for 1 month of light riding (slowly introduced trot and canter and jumping small cross rails). Farrier came to reset shoes, and when he pulled the bar shoe saw a fresh bloody looking bruise on the heel AGAIN… he reset the shoe, I rode the horse the next day - was sound. Then 4 days later went to ride again and BAM back to lameness (gimpy on turns in aisle way, lame in a straight line and on a circle to right). Now we have pulled the shoe, I am booting him with a therapeutic pad for turn out, magic cushion, magnawave for the bruise. And farrier plans to make a Z Bar shoe, to relieve the pressure on that heel. I would love to just pull the shoes and let him heal, but I live where it is currently frozen hard ground that would add more bruises to his hooves.
Any advice or stories appreciated.