Hello, I am the proud owner of a 7 year old Chestnut morgan mare who is really fine in the front. In the two years I have owned and worked her she has never taken a lame step. Last weekend (Sept 8th) we were at a small horse show (we show hunter pleasure W/T/C) and the footing was really deep and when exiting the ring my mare tripped and immediately was very sore. At first I thought she had popped a splint. I brought her home, called the vet and she came out. After doing a block and hoof test she determined that she was heel/collateral sore in her front right hoof. She told me stall rest and 1 gram of bute daily for a week and if she was still sore to call and we could do an x-ray or ultrasound.
I should also disclose that the Wednesday before the show I had put front shoes on her because she wears the insides of her front hooves down because she does this really weird thing where she crosses her legs and leans back, it almost looks like she is stretching her back (this has never interfered with her training or performance and my vet told me its just a weird habit). Anyway! The farrier was only able to get two nails into the inside of the right hoof to hold the shoe on after trying he told me there wasn’t enough “meat” to get a third nail in towards her heel and she might be sore so to soak it. I soaked it twice and she still wasn’t sore until AFTER the trip at the show.
It has been a week and she is still gimpy on that right front. I have worked her lightly in the long lines twice just to see exactly where she is at. It seems she starts out more sore and then with a little warm up it seems to calm down a bit. Still gimping a bit but not nearly as bad as before. I called my farrier yesterday to come and see her foot and see if perhaps he could give me more insight. He reset the shoe and confirmed that she was heel sore - but not due to any “hot nails” or anything of the like. I called my vet yesterday afternoon and left a message with the secretary to call me back and she hasn’t yet. Basically I’m curious as to what others think, she does have a show coming up Sept 22nd which I will scratch if she continues to show signs of lameness. But in the mean time I would like to do all I can to help her with the soreness.
I have been thinking perhaps epsom salt soaks or poultice wraps.
Does anyone have any experience with similar issues?
Please let me know any advice you could provide.