After 36 years of shoeing horses I can think of many reasons why horses are lame. In my professional opinion 90% of all horse lameness originates in the hoof. Most horse owners have heard the old saying: “NO HOOF NO HORSE” Here is a list of terms and phrases describing horse lameness.

• LAMINITIS

• NAVICULAR

• INFLAMED SOLES

• DROP SOLES

• FLAT SOLES
• BRUISED SOLES
• SOLE DETACHMENT FROM WALL
• INFLAMATION OF THE COFFIN BONE
• COFFIN JOINT INFLAMATION

• SIDEBONE

• RINGBONE

• THRUSH

• ABSCESSES

• WHITE LINES DISEASE

• HOOVES TO SHORT

• MEDIAL/LATERAL IMBALANCE (Inside outside balance of hoof)

• POSTERIOR/ANTERIOR IMBALANCE (Front to back balance of the hoof)

• BROKEN BACK PASTURE ANGELS

• BROKEN FORWARD PASTURE ANGELS

• STRAINED TENDONS

• PULLED TENDONS

• STRAINED LIGAMENTS

• PULLED LIGAMENTS

• MUSCLE INFLAMATION

• JOINT INFLAMATION


When we started to domesticate the horse for personal use, we changed the dynamics of their natural habitat.

Here are some of the reasons why your horse could be lame.

POOR STABLING CONDITIONS – CAN CAUSE:

• THRUSH

• ABSCESSES

• WHITE LINES DISEASE

• DROP SOLES

• INFLAMED SOLES

• INFLAMED MUSCLES


IMPROPER FEEDING
•TOO MUCH RICH GRASS IN THE SPRING TIME – CAN CAUSE LAMINITIS

• TOO MUCH ALFALFA – CAN CAUSE LAMINITIS

• TOO MUCH GRAIN – CAN CAUSE LAMINITIS
• IMPROPER FEEDING CAN CAUSE COLIC – COLIC CAN LEAD TO LAMINITIS


WET AND HUMID ENVIRONMENTS:

•DROPPED SOLES

• FLAT SOLES

• BRUISED SOLES

• SOLE DETACHMENT FROM THE WALL

• THRUSH

• ABSCESSES

• WHITE LINES DISEASE
• LAMINITIS


STRENUOUS AND FAST PACE RIDING:

•  BRUISED SOLES

• INFLAMED SOLES

• BRUISED COFFIN BONE

• ABSCESSES
• STRAINED TENDONS
• STRAINED LIGAMENTS


HAVING YOUR HORSE SHOD:

• TRIM HOOF TO SHORT – Inflamed soles, Inflamed laminae, abscesses, short striding,

• LEAVE TOE TO LONG – Coffin joint inflammation, sore tendons and ligaments, muscle inflammation, stumbling and tripping

• LEAVE TO MUCH HEEL – Coffin bone inflammation, short striding, shoe off problems

• IMPROPER PLACEMENT OF NAILS – Sensitive sole inflammation, infections, abscesses

• TRIMMING THE MEDIAL AND LATERAL SIDES OF THE HOOF IMPROPERLY CAN CAUSE: - Inflammation of the hoof, joints, muscles, also can lead to side bone, ring bone, navicular, and shoe off problems

• TRIMMING TO MUCH HEEL – Causes a broken back axis of the pasture angel, joint pain, tendon and ligament strain, coffin joint inflammation, muscle Inflammation, shoe off problems.


THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE WAYS YOUR HORSE CAN GO LAME:

If you have a lame horse at this time and would like some professional help, please go to my contact page, and give me a call.






Why is my horse lame?

Michael Sarno


First Class Farrier Service

Serving The Greater Phoenix Area  

602-710-5595