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A horse at work came up lame yesterday. I normally don't take care of him ...
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    Bruised Sole

    A horse at work came up lame yesterday. I normally don't take care of him but interested in trying to help. The farrier came, cut out a little and found a HUGE brusie in the sole. Toe area, above the point of the front. Bruising, redish etc. He is VERY lame, he is painful to watch just shift his weight in his stall. They gave him banamine, and a lot of bedding. They wrapped it in animallintex pad with some epsom gel sorta thing (smelt very minty).

    I suggested padding up the hoof (with the styrofoam) to help relieve the pain. They told me that it would not work ... But what do I know ...

    Anything else I can suggest to them to toughen it up and relieve some of the pain of this horse? MAYBE they will listen to me ...
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    Not really sure. Subscribing to see what others think. My dad's gelding had some bad bruising in his soles a couple months ago. I think my farrier put filled up some putty and put shoes and pads over it. Not really sure though.
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    Thanks, the farrier was just stopping by and from what I know just cut out some of the sole to expose more of the bruise to treat it. I am not sure if they will put pads under the shoe or not, as he is a racehorse and needs as much traction as he can get on the track. I am not sure what their decision is about the pads, but I would THINK if they were going to put pads under the shoe they would have done that today ... (farrier is onsite)
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    That sounds fishy at best. The last thing you want to do with a bruise is cut into it. Given the location (at least in my mind's eye), laminitis/founder could be a big possibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawn View Post
    That sounds fishy at best. The last thing you want to do with a bruise is cut into it. Given the location (at least in my mind's eye), laminitis/founder could be a big possibility.
    I agree and thought it was strange. I was not there when the farrier did this though, from what I understand he 'cleaned' it up a bit to see what was going on. I did not see the horse's hoof PRIOR to the farrier doing this, but when I saw it today (after he used the knife some) it was very noticeable.

    Yesterday the groom took him out of the stall and she said he was three legged lame. Trainer, exercised him and he was sound. Then groom had farrier look at him later in the day - dug out the sole a bit, saw the bruising - TODAY, LAME. We couldn't even take him out of the stall, as he shifted his weight it was just so sad to see.

    He is a little overweight for a racehorse, but otherwise OK. He gets fed about 10lbs of sweetfeed, hay, and exercised daily. Laminitis COULD be a factor but he has been on this routine for a while and was unaffected.

    Past Health - Broke his Left Knee, had surgery, screws and plates. His gait is affected and I think he learned to lean more on the Right leg, to help relieve some stress from the left. Therefore creating a bruise? Can that happen?
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    That could also cause laminitis. More concussion in general, which could lead that hoof to be more prone to bruising. But, imo, that's a bit of a stretch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawn View Post
    That could also cause laminitis. More concussion in general, which could lead that hoof to be more prone to bruising. But, imo, that's a bit of a stretch.
    Yes I figured it was a stetch, he has other issues in the leg/ankle because of that and I don't really see how a bruised sole could be directly related. That is what the groom came up with though. Either way what is done is done, what would you suggest for treatment and/or to make him most comfortable at this time?
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    Right now, I'd have him on styrofoam regardless of what the problem is, it'll help at least provide him some comfort. Then I'd have x-rays done (as well as obviously a visit from the vet).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawn View Post
    Right now, I'd have him on styrofoam regardless of what the problem is, it'll help at least provide him some comfort. Then I'd have x-rays done (as well as obviously a visit from the vet).
    Thanks, I will suggest the styrofoam again tomorrow, and even offer to bring some I have and do it myself! lol Groom says it will not help, as he is standing in a well bedded stall anyway. I tried explaining to her the aspects of the foam but she didn't care Hopefully tomorrow he will be a bit better. There is a vet onsite, but not on Fridays so tomorrow hopefully he can come and see him.
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    A deeply bedded stall will help for sure. (But I do mean deeply bedded by that.) But the styrofoam will help just that much more. Plus if it is lamintis, it will provide more solid frog support.

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