What are the most common lameness issues that you deal with in your hoof-care practice?
Spring and fall it is laminitis, summer is bruising and abcesses.
I work at 3 Vet Clinics a week.40% of the horses that the vet and I see, are shod tight and sole pressured!! With as much technology as we have, there is just no excuse for such work!!
—Joepaul Meyers, CJF
CHPS, abscesses, tendon/ligament strains/sprains, sole bruising.
Most are balance issues and abcesses with brusing.
Winter laminitis and summer abcesses.
Laminitis (year round); Functional LLD issues; Broken back phalanx angles due to LT/LH, improper trimming and conformation issues; Overdue farrier work issues; Sole pressure trimming and shoeing; to name a few of the most seen.
I deal with a lot of sore chronic laminitic horses in the winter months. It just seems like the cold bothers these horses. I also deal with abscesses and long toe/low heel syndrome.
Abcesses, laminitis and poor trimming and fitting of shoes are the most common true lameness I see at the clinic. I would say that 85% of the horses that we see for "lameness" really just need a good shoeing or trimming. Basics and sound fundamentals is the answer to keeping horses sound.
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