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farrieradvice wrote at 2008-12-08 16:36:59
If your horse is landing toe first, I can assure you that the tendon is most likely rubbing against the navicular bone, that's just the mechanics of landing toe first  If he does not have damage already he will soon.  You also mentioned muscle atrophy on that side as well.  Your horse has obviously been sore for a while, he may have permanent damage.  You need to have some balanced radiographs taken of his feet.  It sounds like he is at a very shallow angle, which most likely means he has a broken back axis.  He is in pain.  He will most likely need a natural breakover shoe or a roller shoe.  He may or may not need wedges.  He needs to have his breakover brought back so that his bone column can be brought back into the proper alignment, that's the only way to help your horse.  You need to get a more knowledgable vet and farrier, it doesn't sound like anybody is really helping you.  I am a farrier, this is most likely what's going on from what you have described.  Good luck in finding someone who is knowledgable in your area, that can be hard to do.

LJH wrote at 2013-03-10 23:02:04
Hi.  I have an ex racehorse who has displayed very similar symptoms. Tended to put weight on toes to allevaite discomfort etc etc.   Also barefoot.  Weather conditions ave been bad for horses (dry summer, hard ground, icy winter with not much snow cover).    I took him to an equine podiatrist/specialist and x ray showed inflammation of the coffin joint.  Caused by racing and feet being slightly too small for his weight.  (He is a big barrell thoroughbred).

The vet recommended injecting the coffin joint -- which I did.  Instant improvement -- but not something I want to keep doing.  Prefer to try amd address the issue.  I am trying Anti Flam now.  I also use some pads/soles  from Perfect Horse Ware for short term relief.  I found some good looking composite shoes (Epona) which are worht checking out as an interim if you want to avoid metal shoes (as I did).  I have finally allowed my farrier to put shoes on him -- and adjust the angle of his feet with wedges - as well as shock absorbent pads.  My horse is also a truly special guy.  I am sure I will find a solution.  Thank you for providing a forum to share.


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Anne Stepien


I am knowledgeable regarding Standardbred race horses (trotters and pacers). I can answer general questions, questions regarding conformation, rigging, lameness and some shoeing questions.


I raced standardbreds (primarily trotters) for 9 years on the Grand Circuit and in overnight events for approximately 15 years.

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