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Kristen Mintz
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Username: Kristenm

Post Number: 5
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Thursday, Apr 7, 2005 - 7:21 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello,
I have a friend who has a mare that has been lame for about a week. At first they thought it was laminitis, and then they thought it was an abcess, and now they don't know what it is. So, I thought I'd describe the problem and get everyone's ideas.
Anyway, this mare started having some problems being stiff especially in the mornings, and she was having trouble turning. They checked for laminitis, and that was dismissed as a cause. Then they checked for an abcess, that was also a no go. The mare never acted different as far as eating, behaviour, etc. Now, she's back to not being stiff or anything, but her back left hoof seems to be growing out faster then the other three, and she's making a sort of popping/clicking sound from her back left hip/leg that has never been there before.
Do you think her age is starting to catch up with her, or is there a deeper problem that they're missing? The mare's 18 years old.
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CJ
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Username: Marroon

Post Number: 25
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Thursday, Apr 7, 2005 - 12:49 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Kristen, It would seem odd to me that one hoof would grow faster and how are they proving that theory? When was the last time she was trimmed/shod? When you say trouble turning do you mean with her body or with her legs?
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Cheryl Hohler
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Username: Chohler

Post Number: 208
Registered: 8-2004
Posted on Thursday, Apr 7, 2005 - 1:58 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

if the horse is overcompensating for a particular limb the other feet will wear differently and may appear as if one foot is growing faster.

The horse needs a thorough lamness exam. Bute would be nice too.
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Kristen Mintz
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Username: Kristenm

Post Number: 6
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Friday, Apr 8, 2005 - 7:38 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Well, the trouble turning is more with her legs than with her body. I believe they were giving her some Bute, though the horse isn't lame anymore so they stopped that. This horse has a tendency to go lame every now and then for no apparent reason, and no one can figure out why.
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