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post #21 of 37 Old 08-22-2013, 10:21 AM
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Speedracer the only issue is laminitis now and abcesses the other issues are taken care of..... this is just a small set back. He's gaining weight back he's eating good.
Not assuming you're not doing the best you may be able for him, but laminitis & abscesses, particularly given his continuing saga, are FAR from 'only' or a 'small setback' & abscesses in his case to me sound like 'yet another'. I also understand you're getting conflicting advice but I wouldn't dig into the soles of a foundered horse, particularly when left overdue for trimming.
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Well whats done is done I knew I should have never started this post. Should of just deleted it from the start.
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post #23 of 37 Old 08-22-2013, 06:45 PM
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Did it help the horse? Is the horse improving? If so, then don't second guess yourself. Just keep moving forward and remember not everything is black or white. Sometimes what is the right choice now, may not be the right choice later and vice versa. Go with your gut.
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Yes it helped the horse and yes he's improving still sore footed but is better then before. I ask for help on here and one says have vet dig them out someone else says soak them. Iam just doing what I thought was best.
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that's all anyone can do ;) There are many many many ways to skin that cat. Sometimes all the ways are real viable options and what works better just depend on you and your horse.

IMO, Laminitis/founder is one of the times cutting them out of the sole can actually be helpful. There is already damage to the attachment of the lamina and bone so getting them out before they work their way up and out of the top of the foot can be a good idea in some cases and will not make the horse any more sore but rather more sound faster. You want the upper new growth coming in healthy and the bottom of the foot is the bad part. In cases of just an abscess but a healthy footed sound horse otherwise, Id believe the opposite is true. I want them to come out the top so stay the cleanest and pop on their own in a reasonable amount of time.

JMO tho.
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Thanks trinity I felt like I did the wrong thing after being on here today and reading the post. He's improved a great deal not sound but much better.
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My vet uses the Icthamol. Slather the sole, put gauze wadding in the hoof to essentially create a gauze pad and then wrap with duct tape..just don't cover the coronet band. Granted I did soak ahead of time but it isn't necessary if you use a poultice.

As others have said, there is no easy fix..it simply takes time if you don't want to go digging.
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We very rarely do anything. We may soak them but other than that we turn them out and the more the horse moves around the faster they work themselves out. JMO. Because he has foundered, I don't know. Maybe access to a dry lot or round pen. Walk him around frequently. (Sorry I didnt ask how you were keeping him)

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Icthammol , and then there is a clay product, forget the name , sorry, and for the horses that could not stand long , I would put down an old feed sack cut open , precut some cotton wrap to hoof size and really put the icthamol or clay on super thick, place that little square onto a larger cotton wrap that could pull up like a diaper, then start duct taping. And make some stars,sl when it came to the bottom of the hoof, I just had to take the stars slap them on the bottom, and then when the bottom was covered just run a strip or two of tape to help hold them on. I hope this understandable .. I used the old feed sack to place on the ground to keep the cotton wrap clean,.
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Spirit88 don't be getting down about people's advice we can only tell you from experience what work's and putting hole in his hoove's has obviously worked so that's a good thing isnt it better than abcess going up into his leg and causing serious infection ! Keep us posted and keep the chin up I know its hard especially when there's alot going on. Here's your twin everything seem's to happen at once :O
P.S i'm all for poking hole's if it release's the pressure, I have a mare just getting over same issue the farrier put leather pad on under her shoe so she's good to go after been polticed for about a week, she was left with huge hole but its all covered up now

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