From Endurance to Dressage
No Hoof, No Horse
Do you remember the bullet we dodged? Well, as it turns out, the wound was deeper than first thought.
We made it through the clinic just fine. Sydney never took a lame step, although he was on 2 grams of bute a day. By Tuesday, he was as lame as he had been before we pulled out the offending nail.
In case you missed the first part of this story, Sydney got a "hot nail" last Tuesday. My farrier found the "hot nail," pulled the shoe, and then replaced an older shoe to avoid using the same nail holes. Sydney was nearly sound by that afternoon and looked great on Saturday morning as I loaded up for the clinic.
By Tuesday, he was quite lame again. I called my vet and asked for his advice. Pull the shoe ASAP came the reply. All sorts of terrible things can happen to the delicate tissues of the hoof if left untreated. He didn't need to say more. I told him I'd be down at the vet hospital within 30 minutes.
I have a great vet hospital. Dr. Tolley was waiting for me with his team, and they got to work as soon as I had Sydney unloaded. Caution, for the very squeamish, there is a photo with some blood down below.
The plan is to rewrap every other day and try to put a shoe back on this coming Wednesday. We'll have to wait and see how the hole heals up.
Very big sigh ...
5/9/2014 12:08:38 am
Oh dear! Hope it resolves soon - poor Sydney! That rewrapping stuff can be a bit of a pain, but it will be worth it in the end :)
5/9/2014 12:50:27 am
Oh man, OW. That nail hole looks like it's through the sole, not the hoof wall! This is one of many, many reasons I'm so glad I don't shoe any more.
5/9/2014 07:47:53 am
Ouch. I am glad that I don't have to worry about nails or shoes.
5/9/2014 08:12:36 am
Poor Sydney. He was such a good boy at the clinic too - bless his heart. I guess it's duct tape booty time for you.
Aaaahhhhhh...poor Sydney :( I hope every heals up soon.
5/10/2014 12:29:23 am
Thanks for that reminder, Mel. Completely barefoot, with no boots, can be challenging here in the west as our ground is VERY hard, dry, and sandy. I've tried barefoot in the back before and was left with a horse who had literally worn away her foot to nothing. For my particular situation, shoes are the healthiest option. And in 30 years of owning shod horses, this is the first time I've had anything like this happen.
5/12/2014 04:41:42 am
I'm sure those of us who commented on being barefoot are well aware that that choice is not without it's problems... one problem we definitely won't have is hot nails. :D
5/10/2014 12:25:24 am
Thank you all for your concern. Hopefully this will heal up QUICKLY!!!
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About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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