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    05-24-2013, 11:46 AM
  #21
Trained


My artistic 5 minutes produced that^^
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    05-24-2013, 11:50 AM
  #22
Banned
That's how I measured my horses hoofs getting boots for him today so hopefully they fit.
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    05-24-2013, 01:16 PM
  #23
Weanling
That's a beautiful drawing!! I like the idea of just adding more on the bottom when it gets squished. I've been making a new one each time and it's a pain. You said you take them off at night, may I ask why? I've been leaving them on all the time, is that bad?

I think I will follow the advice above and wait until next week after our trim to order boots. We will keep doing the home made ones for now. They were working great until she took them off. Lol

I'd like the farrier to help me chose a size anyways. I just tried the cardboard trace method and she is right in between 2 sizes!

Thanks again!
     
    05-24-2013, 02:42 PM
  #24
Trained
Thanks... I tried

Anyway, I take them off at night, or at least for a couple of hours each day, to let some air on the hoof, dry out a bit. You don't want to deal with thrush on top of the laminitis.
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    05-27-2013, 09:18 PM
  #25
Weanling
I had stepped down her bute dose starting last wednesday. Thursday she was moving amazing. I really thought we had turned a corner. She was tossing her head around and really wanted to go for a run in the pasture! I would have loved to let her, but a mother knows best!

Then, as I said in another post, she took off a bootie and I had to take the other off that night. She was horrible on friday. I thought I would get the boots back on and give her a couple of days to recover from being without them. But we were still in pretty rough shape so yesterday I upped the bute to 2 grams again. I did only 1 dose today and we swapped out the booties too. She actually held up her left foot for us to put it on, which must show some improvement. Farrier comes out on Thursday so hopefully she will at least be able to do that foot.

Super cute though, I went into the shed to get supplies and my husband disappeared. I came out with all the stuff and he was sitting in the lean to with her talking to her. She had her head down and he was scratching her and chatting about getting old. Hehe, despite himself, I think he has grown to actually like my old mare.

This thread is really helping me keep track of when we did what with her treatment. I get so forgetful sometimes so this is nice to keep it straight.
     
    05-28-2013, 12:12 AM
  #26
Trained
Is there any possibility of taking pics, from the side at least, of her feet, on level ground? That would help us help you help her more...
     
    05-30-2013, 02:08 PM
  #27
Weanling
The farrier was out today so I took before and after pics. I put them on flickr so I hope they can be viewed alright.

Before
http://www.flickr.com/photos/9909325...7633813562269/

After
http://www.flickr.com/photos/9909325...7633814807716/

Obviously not perfect since Magic couldn't stand well. Fortunately my farrier is a saint and took over 2 hours to get her done this well. We could not get the hind left done at all though. Magic almost fell over a couple of times and we tried using the hill to our advantage and even the lean to to see if she would lean a little on it. Nothing worked. She wants to come back out in a month and hopefully with everything else we are doing Magic will be improved enough that we can get that one done.

After we were done we took her our in the more level pasture and she was moving great, even jigging a little in place. I think the ground in her paddock is a lot harder than in the pasture.

So my homework is: 1) Hand walk or let her free lunge once or twice daily starting with 5 or 10 minutes and then working up from there.
2) start her back on double strength farriers formula and double her equishine (multivitamin) dose so we can get the hoof growing asap
3) change her to safechoice senior (less sugar and more fat) and possibly add some canola oil for fat since she is losing weight (but we were both on the fence on that) 4) order her soft ride boots (done)

So I have some shopping to do. Overall I was impressed with how well magic did. She was better than last month with the exception of the back left. We talked about so much and I have a lot to process now.
     
    05-30-2013, 02:51 PM
  #28
Trained
Unfortunately I can't seem to get into Flickr....

Anyway, good to hear she's done.

Handwalk her, don't free longe, the circles are just not good for her now.

For feed, do you mean Life Design Senior? Safe Choice is not available as senior and is not very safe anyway. The Safe Choice Special Care is, but it is to lose weight, not to gain.
The LD is still fairly high in NSC, 20% if I'm not mistaken. Lower would be better.

Flaxseed or an Omega supplement( I'm a huge fan of Omega Horseshine) will help with growing nice feet fast. It's also high fat, super low sugar
     
    05-31-2013, 09:05 AM
  #29
Weanling
Sorry about the pics, I thought I could make flickr available to anyone but I forgot what setting to change.

Yes, I mean the Life Design Senior. Is there a better choice that you are aware of? I looked around a little but couldn't really tell what I was looking for.

They have the omega horseshine at the tractor supply near me. Would that replace either the multivitamin or the farriers formula or be in addition to?

We hand walked around the pasture today and she wanted to tear off and have a good run but I didn't let her. Too wet regardless.
     
    05-31-2013, 10:33 AM
  #30
Trained
And I was wondering why yahoo won't recognize me lol.
You could upload pics on here, directly from your computer, or put them into your album and then post in the thread..that's what I do with my cell..

Don't double up on vit/min's, that's just throwing away money and could be even bad for her.
I'd get alfalfa pellets, the Omega Horseshine, half ration of the vit/min and FF only after having a really good look at the ingredients, making sure I wouldn't double up.
If she still needs more calories, a cup of oil mixed in the alfalfa pellets, which should be soaked. That way you'll stay low low sugar but still give calories.
     

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