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  • Hospital plates for weanlings
  • Easy boot abses

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    04-18-2012, 02:56 PM
  #1
Foal
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Okay, so my mare Gypsy just got out of the vet clinic for abscess treatment. They had to remove a ton of dead tissue that was causing a chronic abscess. Long story short there is a gigantic hole in her foot (I'll post pictures later tonight). They also put a shoe on to help support the foot a little better and prevent the hoof still attached to her heel to not get ripped off. Needless to say she's on stall rest for at least 2 weeks while I continue to soak it. First week we're treating it with animalintec and the second week we do sugardyne. After that the vet said if she's clear of infection, we could put an Easyboot on it and she could get turned out. I would really love for this to happen because she is going to start climbing the walls and flipping out like a crack addict if she's cooped up for a whole month. I have a Davis soaking boot that I got for when she previously abscessed to replace vetrap but the top didn't close well AT ALL and a ton of mud and dirt would get in. I would really like to get one of the Easyboots because they look like they would stay on more securely and keep her hoof cleaner. The problem is I just checked out the Easyboot website and there's only 15 different kinds to choose from... Another problem I'm worried about is the big hole in her foot, I'm mostly worried about the boot slipping off or stuff getting into the boot and infecting her foot and we go through all this hoopla again. I'm going to talk to my vet about it later this week but does anyone have any advice? I'll be sure to post pictures tonight when I go to soak it, I know its really hard to help if you don't know what the hole looks like.
     
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    04-18-2012, 03:12 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I have a pair of easyboots that I am willing to sell to you. They are size one so they are for horses for tiny feet. They have a bungee system to where you adjust them once and you don't have to again.

If you are worried about mud or debris getting into the boot I would vet wrap the hoof and then put the boot on...even use some cotton or gauze and then duct tape.

There are a ton of easyboots to choose from. I have the easyboot bares. If you plan on riding(not sure if she is able to) just make sure you stay in dry areas and avoid mud.

There is a guide on the website to check your horses hoof shape and then you can go from there.


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    04-19-2012, 01:02 AM
  #3
Weanling
Ask your farrier to install a hospital plate on the shoes. It's relatively easy for you to remove the plate, exposing the solar surface for cleaning and treatment, then put it back on to protect the horse while she's getting her exercise. No fitting concerns, no abrasion risk from gators, no dirt and it's a fairly inexpensive shoeing enhancement.

Cheers,
Mark
     
    04-20-2012, 11:04 AM
  #4
Foal


Heres what it looks like right now, she's got a shoe on it but I have a feeling once I start riding again I'll need to shoe the other foot but I'm just not sure about an old school Easyboot because the hole is so close to the coronet band. I was looking at the Old Mac's the Easyboot Trails, and the Boa horse boots because they go up past the coronet. P.S. I've used a Davis soaking boot on her before when she abscessed but it let a ton of mud in so I don't want to use it again.
     
    04-20-2012, 11:08 AM
  #5
Showing
Flyingchange, Listen to what Horseman (Mark) is telling you. He is a farrer who really knows his stuff.
     
    04-20-2012, 11:14 AM
  #6
Weanling
I've used Old Mac's AND Boa's and both will let in mud. What's more, the Boa really rubbed on my mare who had to have boots for turnout. If the hole is near the coronet band at the BACK of the hoof, I would definitely steer clear of Old Mac's because of how they fasten.
     
    04-20-2012, 11:16 AM
  #7
Yearling
I know nothing about how to treat your horse's wound, and am not trying to offer advice. But, I do have an Easyboot RX ; Easyboot Rx | The Best Horse Hoof Therapy Boot | EasyCare Inc.. It's brand new, in box, and size 0 if you're interested.
     
    04-20-2012, 11:19 AM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Flyingchange, Listen to what Horseman (Mark) is telling you. He is a farrer who really knows his stuff.
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Ask your farrier to install a hospital plate on the shoes. It's relatively easy for you to remove the plate, exposing the solar surface for cleaning and treatment, then put it back on to protect the horse while she's getting her exercise. No fitting concerns, no abrasion risk from gators, no dirt and it's a fairly inexpensive shoeing enhancement.

Cheers,
Mark

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Ok but its on the side of her hoof do they even have hospital plates that will cover that part?
     
    04-20-2012, 11:22 AM
  #9
Foal
Sorry the image didnt show up before
     
    04-20-2012, 11:46 AM
  #10
Weanling
Given the recent photograph you shared, I retract my recommendation to use a hospital plate. The resected area is significant and a hospital plate would not add value.

Booting over that shoe is possible but could prove a challenge and I don't think there will be a lot of benefit.

Paint the resected area daily with an astringent (iodine, betadine, etc) to toughen exposed tissues against moisture, clean as needed and wait for growth.

As new growth comes down, your farrier will want to manage any distortion in the hoof capsule over the damaged area. The new wall tends to bulge over these areas.

Next time the farrier resets, suggest well placed clips to further stabilize the existing hoof capsule.

I'd also shoe the other foot to improve balance.

Cheers,
Mark
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