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        02-10-2014, 07:05 PM
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    Foal
    Exclamation hoof in bad condition

    I have recently gotten a new mare from some people who didn't know much about horses. We have had a really bad year here in Indiana with winter so irk if that has anything to do with this? She is also barefoot and is on 18 acres of just pasture n a creek n 5 of those acres are woods.

    Today I went out and wanted to check on our horses and I started picking her front right hoof and they are in really bad condition the whole bottom hoof is just flaky and it stinks really bad..I'm thinking she has a fungus or something in it.

    Can you help and give me advice on what to do?

    Thank you,
         
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        02-10-2014, 07:15 PM
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    Yearling
    It's hard to say anything without seeing some pictures.
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        02-10-2014, 08:27 PM
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    Trained
    Yup, definitely need some pictures. Likely you will need at the least a farrier/trimmer to come out ASAP; possibly a vet. In the meantime, keep the hooves clean. Pick them out, wash with sunlight dish soapy water or Lysol and water, rinse well and dry. That likely won't do much, but it's better than nothing until you have some answers.
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        02-10-2014, 08:44 PM
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    Green Broke
    If you're talking about the sole being white and flaky or chalky, that's most likely exfoliating sole shedding off. Completely normal and harmless.

    The smell, however, might indicate thrush. Pictures would definitely be helpful.
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        02-11-2014, 01:38 PM
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by XxBabyGirlxX    
    I have recently gotten a new mare from some people who didn't know much about horses. We have had a really bad year here in Indiana with winter so irk if that has anything to do with this? She is also barefoot and is on 18 acres of just pasture n a creek n 5 of those acres are woods.

    Today I went out and wanted to check on our horses and I started picking her front right hoof and they are in really bad condition the whole bottom hoof is just flaky and it stinks really bad..I'm thinking she has a fungus or something in it.

    Can you help and give me advice on what to do?

    Thank you,











         
        02-11-2014, 01:58 PM
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    Green Broke
    The bottom of her feet look fine. It's the overall condition of her feet I would be worried about. It looks like she's getting poor nutrition resulting in brittle, cracking hoof walls.

    I don't know how long you've had her, but hopefully you have her on a better diet than her previous owners did.
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        02-11-2014, 05:53 PM
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    The bottom of her feet look fine. It's the overall condition of her feet I would be worried about. It looks like she's getting poor nutrition resulting in brittle, cracking hoof walls.

    I don't know how long you've had her, but hopefully you have her on a better diet than her previous owners did.
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    That makes me feel better thank you for helping me..I am trying to do my best for her we have only had her about a month and a half, but I am still worried about when I picked her hoof out it has a bad aroma.
         
        02-11-2014, 07:28 PM
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    Started
    She probably has some thrush under that shedding frog. I think her feet need a trimming, and the farrier can cut that out, if it is still there.

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        02-11-2014, 10:09 PM
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    Trained
    I don't agree the bottom of her feet are fine - they're caked in snow so who can know?? You need better pics(see link below) of clean feet if you want a critique. Of the pic of the hoof on the ground, looks like there are nails but no shoe? Other feet still got shoes? Looks very overdue for some good farriery. If you can get a good farrier out to trim ASAP, post pics directly after a trim is best. Those cracks will become a mechanical issue, if not already, from overgrowth, so that needs to be dealt with, but they look more likely due to nutrition, wet environs &/or infection to me.
         
        02-11-2014, 10:11 PM
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    Trained
    Well, if they smell bad it is a guarantee she has some sort of microbial invasion. I would remove whatever sole "flaked off" easily - clean the snow/mud/whatnot out daily and treat for thrush and get a trim asap. The cracks in the hoof wall would concern me, and it is difficult to tell how superficial or not they are from photos. But, An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, I would really think about investing in white lightning or something along those lines to prevent/arrest any possibility of wld - especially w spring coming. JMO.
         

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