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Discuss hoof bruise, just below the coronary band... at the Horse Health forum - Horse Forums.

Originally Posted by hunterrider08 well, I'm not 100% sure but this is what he said:He ...
  1. #11

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    Jan 2005
    Champaign, Illinois
    Quote Originally Posted by hunterrider08 View Post
    well, I'm not 100% sure but this is what he said:He has qite a bit of pastern deviation and he is way out of M/L balance.This horse looks like he might have had some issues with laminitis in the past, and that is also something to take into consideration....
    None of which indicates founder. And, laminitis and founder are not the same thing. Many horses have had bouts of laminitis. Remember that an "itis" is an inflammation. In and of itself, nothing more and nothing less.
    I don't know what M/L means....So what would cause a bruise like this??
    M/L= Medial-Lateral (side to side). The bruising is caused because if the foot is out of balance, the wall gets jammed either because it is long, or because the long side hits first and then the foot slams down on the short side. The too long wall usually jams because while standing still, that side is bearing most of the weight. since it is an uncomfortable stance, the wall begins to migrate proximally(upwards) to try and equalize the load bearing. If it migrates too much, the strain on the wall becomes great enough to cause it to break(crack).


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    Champaign, Illinois
    Quote Originally Posted by hunterrider08 View Post
    "Squaring" the the toe of the shoe moves the breakover back. This allows more efficient articulation thus easing the pressures and exertion needed for the leg to function as a whole.
    It depends. And, a true square toe dictates how the foot will break over and where. which is why most farriers prefer a blunt toed shoe, set back to varying degrees to accomplish a specific goal or goals.
    (I'm guessing in your case probably hock or stifle issues)
    It depends. There are gait anomolies not related to any pathology, and pathologies below the fetlock that may be a factor.
    Dubbing the toe off is not needed, as you can see I rounded the foot from the bottom up. The rest is up to him.
    (Plus, if we dubbed off the toe we'd be back into lamina and it would look terrible)
    Generally speaking this is correct and a reasonable way to approach the situation.


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    Thanks Rick, I spoke to my vet about 45 minutes ago and he agreed with the farrier.....my concern now is blood test came back that he is anemic, now we have to find out why..... i hope it is because of the lymes...

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