I have to wash the fetlock area every day. She has mild mud fever - she had it when I bought her - but I am happy to say it is clearing up.
Yeah there are many different treatments for this sort of thing - & a number of different causes too I reckon, but I'd be inclined to treat it but not wash it, especially if it's been persisting for more than a few weeks. Might be worth looking into other options.
The hoof that turns in does not affect her moving. The farrier is basically using corrective shoes to try and keep her comfortable and he reckons that it may eventually improve a little.
Missed that bit first time round, but I agree with others. I wouldn't allow the farrier to try to 'correct' that hoof, if it's a conformational issue & a foal is older than about 6 months old(which is around when growth plates in the legs are fused). You *may* find, depending on the cause of the problem that the hoof may resolve itself or improve with some good bodywork, resolving any 'upstairs' issue & changing posture, etc, but to work solely on 'correction' in the hoof, IMO can only really be cosmetic & generally at the expense of the joints above. ...So saying, I think it does depend on what 'corrective' means in this case, that we're speculating about without even pics.
The shoes were put on on the 30th November. The farrier thought that they would need done by early January but they are growing faster that he initially expected. So he will be out every four weeks instead of every six from now on.
That sounds like a good plan. It's best to *keep* feet well maintained than to allow them to overgrow before 'correcting' them with a trim.
I have cut back on sugary foods such as carrots and changed her to a non-molassed chaff to be safe.
Yeah, I think cutting out/down greatly on any sugary/starchy feeds is important. However, despite their sweet taste, carrots aren't actually too bad according to charts I've seen on NSC levels of different foods. I'd be wary about feeding apples & such to a horse that was IR/lami prone, but I think carrots - in moderation, as a treat, not meals of course - aren't too bad.
So my new years resolution is to get her hooves perfect!
Good on you! I reckon a very important factor in being able to do that is educating yourself as much as you can about hoof function & factors, pros & cons affecting their health. To that end, to get you started, you could check out the links in my signature.