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    03-15-2012, 07:10 AM
I think the bevel could be more proactive to address the separation and flare forward. Flare forward is one of the hardest pathologies to remediate. It didn't get this way overnight and it won't be fixed overnight. Its consistant trims and maintained bevel and pulling the heels back as you go to arrive, so patience. You can't trim it off, have to wait for tight connection to grow down, obeying the sole as you takes time.
The central sulcis crack is harboring infection and your homework to make sure that its kept clean right down to the bottom of that crack, or an invisible line of infection will still be working at the bottom of it unseen. Get it and keep it clean and it will heal from the bottom up, getting shallower. The central sulcis should be a mere thumbprint depression on top of the frog, no crack.

This is what the goal is...when this foot has arrived. Patience.
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    03-15-2012, 07:13 AM
Since I won't be putting shoes on her, on getting her trimmed, it can still be fixed right?
    03-15-2012, 10:15 PM
Originally Posted by Lexiie    
Since I won't be putting shoes on her, on getting her trimmed, it can still be fixed right?
Yes, IMO these type issues are far better addressed without conventional rims. Good trimming & management should go a long way to correcting issues, although she may require hoof protection/support, of which my general choice would be hoof boots.

Yes, thin, flat soles can be a sign of founder - literally means 'sinking' & can usually be reversed with good management. That the toes are stretched & the hairline also dips down at the front, on the side views indicates there is likely a degree of 'rotation' present too. has some good info for you to learn more about this.
    03-15-2012, 10:19 PM
WAIT! Is my horse foundering then?!?!?!?!? D:
    03-15-2012, 10:49 PM
Oh, I said that 'f' word, sorry! Don't stress about it, without more info. I wouldn't want to say, based only on these pics & if she is, it could be quite mild, but it's a possibility. One worth careful consideration IMO, as it's best to be proactive so as to avoid serious probs. Also some people classify any 'rotation' of the hoof wall away from P3(eg flaring), thin soles etc as founder & others wait for more serious signs. You might want to look into 'sub clinical' or 'low grade' laminitis.
    03-15-2012, 11:34 PM
I just read a bit about it, but I'm not super horse smart. My BO just disregards things like this and says "oh they just need a trim and they'll be fine. Nothing's wrong"
So I can't ask her about it.
What I can relate to laminitis with her would be the flaring (she hasn't been done in a while) ((because of my BO)) and being a bit thrushy. I just coppertoxed her today. So hopefully that will help with that.

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