Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Queensland, Australia.
Bacterial Hoof Infection.
Recently, I noticed something odd was going on with Chinga's two front hooves, so I decided I'd push my farrier appointment a few weeks earlier and scratch from my competition that weekend. I felt it was better to be safe than sorry.
He came out and quickly agreed that something was wrong. He did some investigating and he discovered that Chinga had a Bacterial Hoof Infection. Due to all the wet weather and rain we have had here - even though we've been taking steps to prevent this - oiling them every day + cleaning them twice a day.
The infection is quite bad, but its not infection him in a way where it is negatively affecting him to be worked - I've been assured of this and done my own research to confirm it. Though if it does become any worse, I'll be looking at having him out of work for 6-12 months. Though being able to ride him is really my last concern - first being his own safety and health. If riding him was risking making things worse in any way I would stop.
Now, we're trying to clear up the infection - by using a Copper Sulphate & Vaseline mix. The Vaseline is being used only to deliver the Copper Sulphate which kills any bacteria, we're doing this every second day - recommended as the best treatment by two farriers. Plus the farrier cut out a small part of the hoof to where the infection is, so that the Copper Sulphate has access to the infection.
So basically, the infection has three months to heal. Otherwise - we look at giving him six to twelve months off work - put him in spell. Than, if this doesn't work we look at retiring him as a pasture horse for the rest of his like. Due to what would have to be done to clear up the infection, would make him unable to be ridden.
As some of you know, at the beginning of the year I had a different type of issue with his hooves. I took him away to our annual trip to the farm and the weather became quite bad - rain and storms. Causing his hooves to become 'soft' and he threw both his front shoes. We took him into a farrier in town because he is a horse which needs continuous shoeing otherwise he becomes 'surface lame'. We found a farrier which seemed to have a very good reputation and asked him to do Chinga's hooves. He obviously was not good, Chinga threw both the shoes within five days and we put this down to his feet being soft from the weather.
Back in our home State - Queensland, there was bad flooding. We had to return home, but we decided it was not safe to risk bringing Chinga home - roads closed, flooded. We made the choice to leave him there under the care of the farm hands. He was taken care of quite well. Except, once I got him home two months later we became quickly aware he was lame. We got our farrier out who then informed us that the farrier that we had used while we were away, had incorrectly placed the hooves. Damaging Chinga's hooves. Our farrier - has spent the first six months of the year working with us to get them back nice. Than this happens.
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