Originally Posted by barefoothooves
Hotreddun,Keep your husband's dremmel away. LOL A lot of farriers will notch the wall with the edge of the rasp above the crack like your husband is thinking, to stop it from traveling upward, but as that grows out, then you have a weaknd area that is going to want to break off bigger than it would have, plus, you are weakening the wall enough to invite more bacteria in, probably not the best idea if you are struggling with that already.
And with a dremmel, it's very easy to take off more than you had planned, same with grinders, etc. and I'm just old-school enough I don't care for the power tools to be brought it. LOL They can heat up, too.I can gripe all day about it, but some farriers really like to use them. One of the vets around here uses a dremmel on cracks if they have WLD and makes a crack wider and smooth without a total hoof resection to make medicating easier, but that's just for special occasions.
Really, I find that a little notch at the bottom, just enough to make a triangle to the crack will take that spreading force off the crack enough to stop it (if it's a dramatic crack, the less severe ones I don't even do that with) and make sure that bevel is up to par, and that is plenty to stop the crack. On my website, if you look up case studies, look under Misty, aged qh mare. She is in her teens and had had a persistent toe crack for over 10 years. And over the winter we had it nearly grown out before I went on leave. All I did was that bevel, slight notch at the bottom, and 4 week interval for the second trim, and 6-8 weeks after that
I was thinking when I read your post that you were keeping yours on a 2 week rotation all the time, and thought to myself "Something is wrong with that trim!" but I understand now. Still after a couple of months you should be weaning back to 3-4 weeks.Even with severe founder, after a couple of months, I drop my trimming intervals back to 4 weeks. I would like to see the radiographs, out of nosyness, because I have seen what wedges can do for a hoof and it's not pretty. But I think would be good for other people to see on here, as well. Educational!
I'm tryiing to figure out how to put the xrays on here. They are in some weird "view-only" program from the vet...and I can't seem to get a picture file off the cd? I'll keep working on it...I might have to just take screen-shots or something.
Anyway...it was interesting to hear that my husband who has never really been around horses until he met me actually did have a similar idea to many vets and farriers...even if it wasn't necessarily the right thing to do. :) I guess engineers and farriers have a lot in common.
We already have the hind feet on a 4 week rotation...I'm hoping those front hooves will come around soon. I am posting an after-trim pic of our most "troubled" hoof. This hoof has the toe crack...and this fetlock has a bone chip and osteoarthritis in it. It grows out funny...I need to get before pictures next time... Basically (I think because of his crooked fetlock angle) the outside wall grows out quickly. Then because the wedge shoes crushed his heels his toe still has a tendency to grow out quickly. By the way...I need to dig up some old pics...because we were so happy about how much heel he has in these pics now! Anyway, see that sort of bulgy area (just to the right in pic of the crack with foot down)...that was where we thought we had some weakened laminae from April-May. Then in the 2nd picture...opposite the bulge on the other side of the crack is that weird dark material on the white line at the top of the pic. Weak laminae? Bacteria? He didn't founder but he was about one micro small step away from doing so. So I guess technically he had acute laminitis...but people use those words so interchangeably I don't know what is what. There was no coffin rotation...just sensitivity and heat. What do you think? By the way...he has no sensitivity, heat, or lameness now...that all went away by mid-May.
By the way...SORRY for hijacking this thread justice!