10-21-2009, 12:52 AM
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Note the ripple in the hoof wall. At around 10 days, we feared it was infected, as she became pretty lame, and there was noticeable heat, and that was about when the vet expected it to show up,if it was the case.
However, the vet determined it was NOT infected, but part of the healing process. Probably with the stress of confinement, the bute, antibioitics, change from pasture grass to hay, all those factors contrbuted to some of the laminitis. It was only in the badly wounded foot. All those were "straws" on the proverbial camel's back to increase her chance of foundering. Had she had any excessive hoof wall left, it could have spelled more trouble, but I am also working growing out a hoof crack, so have been keeping her trim touched up very frequently.
She's also been wearing foam pads and hoof boots, on both feet when handwalked, to keep the other foot from succumbing to the stress of carrying more weight, esp. Since her hooves were far from ideal to begin with (hence the reason she was here, with me, anyways).
Just thought it would be good to point out the laminitis ring, in the abscence of "founder" (rotation of the coffin bone).