Sole soreness after trimming is a common diagnosis in cases where there is no other underlying condition diagnosed, and it is considered “normal” for some horses. It can result from a variety of factors including hoof conformation, depth of sole, sole hardness, pain tolerance, or the amount of change in hoof length.
Horses with a variety of other underlying conditions can be sore after trimming or shoe removal. In cases of simple soft, tender soles, horses feet toughen in a variable period of time. However, if horses are very sore, other conditions should be ruled out with a veterinary lameness exam.
Regardless, horses that are sole sore after trimming or having shoes pulled need a period of rest. Whether additional treatments are needed depend on the severity of the soreness and the underlying cause.
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Depends on many factors. In most uncomplicated cases, the prognosis is good.
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