Re: Exercise appropriateness ? Dr. Kellon question

Shera Felde

Hi, Debbie-

Your note struck a chord with what I'm experiencing and led me to a question for Dr. Kellon. My sensitive EMS mare has been in great shape for over a year. 2 weeks ago she came up lame (while wrapped tight for winter temps). Nothing had changed in her diet or trim but she had been without exercise for a month since I pulled my back. One day, I took off her boots to let her hooves breathe a bit and noticed her right front sore after a couple of hours so I rebooted her. Then, her left showed soreness but not as much. I started Metformin, Phyto Quench, Alcar, and Laminox. She is walking better now and shows no lameness. She's also more willing to let me hold up her feet. My question is this: if the icy hard "rutty" ground was the culprit, not insulin, what happens in the feet and how will I know her feet are sound for exercise again? She goes to the vet in 2 weeks for rads and insulin draw- something I set up long before this event. No sign of abscesses. This has been a mystery but we have had a lot of ice, refreezing mud etc.

Thank you,
Shera Felde, Central Oregon, 2020

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