I’m posting to see if others have had similar experiences with this, as it seems a little perplexing to me and those around me.
The story: My horse has been suffering from intermittent lameness for the past few weeks. He sprung a shoe during my ride and since it had just been put on a few days prior, we couldn’t remove the shoe, as it was so tight. I duct taped it and put his bell boots on until the farrier could come out, which was a couple days later. Shoe got fixed and when I went to ride him, he was lame on the same foot he sprung the shoe (front right). It had some heat, so thinking it could be soreness or an abscess, I soaked and poulticed for about a week. No abscess ever surfaced.
Started lunging to test him out and he came up sound and heat was gone. We started going back to work and he was perfect. Maybe about five days later, I noticed the foot was HOT compared to his others which were ice cold as I was tacking him up. He then came up lame. Farrier came out the next day but his hoof was ice cold and he was unresponsive to hoof testers. Rode after and he was still lame.
Had vet out today and is a little perplexed but he couldn’t do xrays with his shoes still on. He did a lameness exam and he came up sound with no soreness on either feet, again unresponsive to hoof testers.
Thoughts? Can abscesses move around? Perhaps he strained/sprained something when he sprung the shoe? Nothing really explains the heat coming and going, nor the intermittent lameness. The shoe has been fixed over three weeks ago so I think any soreness from walking around on it would have subsided by now.
Hopefully I didn’t forget to mention anything… Please let me know if you have a question! Thanks