Hi there, just a question. I own a 13 yr old gelding Arabian.I was out to see him 2 weeks ago, and had noticed abit of tenderness in his feet when walked, the fellow who owns the barn stated he had just been trimmed and thats why. Not thinking anymore about it, I had went away for a couple weeks on holiday.When I had returned and went out to see him, he could barely walk out in the field.I contacted the vet who said it looked like he might have laminitis, and said it could have been contributed by the poor trimming, as he doesnt really have much toe left on his hoof. Picking up his foot I seen he only had about an inch and a half from the tip of his frog to the end of his hoof! *gasp* Has anyone else heard about this? I have NEVER liked the farrier who has done my horses feet, as I have always felt he trimmed them too short.Now I am furious as after my vet said that I suspect that was a contributing factor!!! Any thoughts..?
There is a pretty big difference between being lame, tender, and laminitis. If your vet thinks it is laminitis he should be doing x-rays of his hooves to find out for sure. Your horse may just be tender footed too. We took the shoes off of a gelding once that had shoes on for several years because he was always ridden a lot. Started using him less so we thought about letting him run barefoot for the winter. He was so tender I too wondered if he was getting laminitis so I took him and it just turned out he was a big baby. He eventually toughened up. The only real way to be sure is to do x-rays. If he does have laminitis the hoove will eventually grow out in rings but that could take months to show up and you would want to know long before then. One bad trim isnt likely to cause a horse to get laminitis "founder" but if over along period of time that caused poor circulation and inflamation in the hoof it possibly could. The list of possibilities goes on.
He may have foundered before the trimming and that made it worse. I seen a lot of founder but none caused by trimming. It can be made more painful by poor trimming though. You really should pull him or her out of the field and only feed hay, find a good farrier there are lots that specialize in founder.
I have a very similar situation. My horse is barefoot, she can not have shoes on. She can not be sedated to get shoes, so I have to keep her barefoot. I have had a farrier cut her to short this summer, and she was off for almost 4wks. However, she got better in time not worse.
A lifetime of poor trimming is a factor, but a one time is not likely. I would believe the horse had something going on, and the short trim made it either progress, or the limping made it worse. My mare now has very sore shoulders and withers due to the limping.
I would have a vet take x-rays of the feet and do a very complete check of everything. I would search for another farrier as well.