Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New Shoes

Maisie (and Dawn) got their feet trimmed and reshod (fronts only) this afternoon, and Noble had his trim. Noble and Dawn were uneventful, as usual. Maisie had walked out this morning a bit better (bute last night and this morning) and also walked in pretty well. After her shoes were removed, it became apparent pretty quickly that she was uncomfortable standing in bare feet on the concrete floor - lots of weight shifting and an unhappy face. So we moved outside on the grass so she could stand more comfortably. She was actually pretty cooperative. The farrier found no evidence of an abscess. She has a history of being dreadful with farriers, dating to her old chiropractic problems, but is much better now. She was able to deal with it - some occasions, while he was working on a front foot, of leaning back and using her head and neck and my body weight as a counterbalance. We got the job done, and she went back in the paddock with Dawn (who'd been screaming to her the whole time).

I think she may have a stone bruise, but I also suspect that she's just got some overall sensitivity in her feet - both feet seemed uncomfortable on the concrete when barefoot. She's got paper-thin soles, and it may be that she's somewhat insulin-resistant - she gains weight easily and can become cresty. She's on a chromium/selenium/vitamin E/magnesium supplement for that, but it may be that she needs a bit more. No sign of true laminitis, however, which is good, but I'll be keeping a close eye on her.

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  2. That delete was me, too many typos. Must learn to read and then hit "publish comment."

    I am glad she isn't any worse, but darn it all, wouldn't it have been nice if the farrier could have just said, "oh here is the problem."

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  3. ugh...I hate feet issues!!!!!!! I hope Maisie just is being 'wimpy' about a simple little issue and it proves to NOT be laminitis. Although I've known a few to have laminitis and bounce right back after a week of stall rest....lucky bastards!

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  4. Shoot!! I was hoping the farrier would find the problem, too. Mine comes tomorrow--I think he's going to diagnose mine "brain dead"--because THEY ARE!!

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  5. Whew. At least it isn't laminitis, and I hope it was just a stone bruise...

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  6. Glad it's not full founder, but I sure wished it'd be a really quick resolution, like an abscess. :-/

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  7. good sign that she is getting better. feet issues are such a pain and always so complex.. sending positive thoughts your way that she continues to improve!

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