Originally Posted by Trinity3205
Cast her? Didnt you cast her once before? Or boot her with padding? Id say you will never get these feet 100%. Have you X rayed her? Does she have significant bone loss at the tip of P3? I forget all her history atm but I remember looking at her before and thinking she looks like my aunts ancient percheron who is missing a great deal of P3 from long term laminitus and improper trimming over the years. I don't think her foot looks overtrimmed per say, just very weak, possibly missing bone/pedal osteitis with a whole lot of horse above it.
Thanks for posting Trinity! Yes, lots of bad history for this mare. I did cast her a few weeks ago, didn't last too long, and didn't have extra....now I do, but haven't casted her again. I have boots for her and have her wear them when she is out of her paddock. I left them on her over night last night since I knew she would be turned out to the pasture by the ranch owners today and walking on the gravel to get there would be painful.....when I went out to the ranch, the boots were off and the pad was half sticking out of them etc....so I'm thinking they ended up half off or something. I didn't re-cast since the last time because I wasn't sure if I would need to do more trimming or not. But I may go ahead and do it this weekend. It's very hard for her to hold her feet up. I have to hold them in my hands.
I had her one foot x-rayed not too long ago when she abscessed. It did show bone deterioration and chips....and that was the hind. The x-ray from years ago, of her front hoof that cracked to her coronary band when I adopted her, then showed bone deterioration too. This mare could have been a laminitic mess or founder case in the past...I just don't know before I adopted her.
She was more comfortable in shoes. But her feet began to get way in front of her over time. Plus, being shod isn't an option now, with her having such a hard time holding them up. Plus she is so scared of farrier tools now...even when I do them.
I have noticed though, that the new growth continues to grow straight, so far anyway. I am wanting to keep it up to continue this to see whether or not there is a point where she has permanent damage and separation. Only time will tell as it grows out. We are about half way there.
Today her front frogs peeled off almost all the way to the heel. The frog is pretty much flush with the sole, except where it hasn't come off yet. I trimmed the flap that was already coming off.
So, I guess I will cast her again and keep her as comfortable as I can and wait for more hoof to grow out? I'm guessing maybe for 4 weeks?....if the casts stay on that long...she is very heavy on her feet.