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    07-28-2013, 01:18 PM
  #21
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Thanks all. We are going to be looking at the x rays tomorrow and I will be discussing what I am looking at as far as time and money being invested with my vet and farrier from MSU.

I spoke with his owner yesterday and she was unaware it was white line. She said her farrier had told her it was a fungus, cut the divets out of his toes, applied thrush buster and told her not to worry about it any longer.

She said that if I decide to deal with it, his final asking price is negotiable. It all depends on what she is willing to go down to, and what I am looking at. I will let y'all know more as soon as I have more information
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    07-28-2013, 01:40 PM
  #22
Yearling
IME thrushbuster doesnt work well once it gets deep. The wall in the area needs cut away till there is no more crumbly stuff or black stuff scraping out of the white line (crumbly means infected) and exposed to air. The foot needs treated with something like White Lighting and Clean Trax. 50 50 water and white vinager is also effective in some cases and can be used in between other treatments.

Pete Ramey writes about white line disease thrush navicular disease hoof balance
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    07-28-2013, 02:32 PM
  #23
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Thank you trinity! I actually just read that very article last night while doing some research.

I actually am picking up some white lightning and clean trax from my farrier this afternoon.
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    07-29-2013, 11:37 PM
  #24
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Surprisingly vet visit today showed that it is not a severe case of white line.

WLD is indeed there, but the vet/farrier at the school assured me it is not a severe case. He said the cracks appear to be stress cracks aided by the fact that he had such long toes.. He opened up his front feet a little more and said he didn't feel the need to resect his walls because he was finding a lot of healthy tissue. Xrays seemed to confirm his opinion from what I understand.

No sign of WLD is back feet.

The plan of attack is to start him on a hoof supplement, get him on some good nutritious food and treat the small amount of WLD that IS present. We are also focusing on bringing his toes back and letting him grow some heel.

Also, he is officially mine
So here's hoping with some proper foot care we can bring him around. He was slightly naughty about standing still and being messed with tonight, but it is something I will continue working with him on in the future. I will keep the thread updated as far as how his feet are doing.
     
    07-30-2013, 12:12 AM
  #25
Trained
Next time my horse is a jerk for the farrier I am showing him these pictures :( Wowzers!!

It's amazing he is sound with those feet!!!
Good luck! And post progress photos!!!
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    07-30-2013, 12:42 AM
  #26
Yearling
That is good news! Now, one thing, don't grow heel, trim it back to the widest part of the foot and get the toe back and all will be well. Growing heel is no good. You need to grow straight short strong heel thst isnt folding up under the foot. Long heels fold forward. Short heels kept back at the widest part of the frog do not.
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    07-30-2013, 12:51 PM
  #27
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Thank you Trinity! I will definitely double check that my farrier knows that. I think it was more me relaying the wrong information though.

Both vet school farrier and my farrier suggested he get on a GOOD hoof supplement to help him out. So far I am looking into both Farrier's Formula and Smartpak's Smart hoof Ultra. Anyone have any success from either of those?

Also, I have been working with him on picking up his feet and letting me hold them and he has improved leaps and bounds. He was fantastic about letting the doctors hold up his feet last night (though a slightly bit fidgety) but he hated having his feet stretched out in front of him when it was time to rasp, etc. And he freaked about the shoes.

Everyone was really patient with him and he eventually calmed down, but what are some things I can do to help him work on that particular aspect in between trims? Practice bringing his legs/feet out in front of him in stretches? His old owners would just sedate him, like I said, but I do not plan on ever going that route. He is young, and needs some work, but I don't think we need sedation :/
     
    07-30-2013, 12:58 PM
  #28
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And here is a quick snap of how much better his fronts are looking. I will try to get some better pictures this evening when I go back to feed.

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    07-30-2013, 01:47 PM
  #29
Showing
Wow, those look a ton better! I bet he's a lot more comfortable now.
     
    07-30-2013, 01:49 PM
  #30
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He is moving around a LOT better smrobs. He was advertised as being "a tad lazy" but I wonder if that is because his feet were so uncomfortable!

He was trotting and kicking and playing more this morning outside than I have him seen him do lately. I am excited for him! I love when horses start to feel good :)
     

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