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post #21 of 33 Old 08-15-2013, 01:41 AM
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So, I am just curious. She was on the same pasture before and after you purchased her?

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post #22 of 33 Old 08-15-2013, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Nope. But she has been on the same pasture for six months, since I leased her for a long time before buying her.
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post #23 of 33 Old 08-16-2013, 12:17 AM
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Nope. But she has been on the same pasture for six months, since I leased her for a long time before buying her.
I suppose since the other horses do not have any similar difficulties, the pasture and/or pasture diet isn't circumspect. I would just wonder if she frequented an area, for example, where rains might concentrate fertilizer or something in the soil. It is just odd that her hoof wall weakened like that.

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I don't even think we fertilized this year, but I can ask the BO. It is awfully strange. My other horse has legendarily bad hooves, and even she's okay.
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The wet weather can be really detrimental on the hooves.
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post #26 of 33 Old 08-23-2013, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Things have taken a turn for the worse.


Farrier came out today. Kitty has white line. I knew that; I've even need threating that and her thrush. I didn't know, however, how serious it was. In the past few days her hooves have fallen apart. The farrier took a nail and demonstrated how he would stick it between her hoof wall up to the nail head. 75% of her hoof wall is disconnected. It's so brittle I can break it with my fingers. She can barely walk, even though she was starting to get better a few days ago. She just took a turn for the lame yesterday after it rained.

Farrier recommended a product call "White Lightning" to soak her feet in. And then he gave me a couple options on how to proceed:

1.) Nail on a normal shoe. Get her sole off the ground and make her comfortable for the time being until something better could be done. It might also hurt her sole, and the nails have about a 50% chance of making her severely lame. With no hoof wall, the margin for error was slim. This was a temporary solution to maybe ease Kitty's pain.

I didn't go for this. Farrier wasn't fond of it either, but threw it out there.

2.) Hoof casting. Cheaper than my next choice. Would help the laminitis, but would do nothing for the white line (I think).

3.) Resect all of the bad hoof wall. Would take away around 75% of her hoof wall; maybe more. Pretty guaranteed to kill the white line disease. Sigafoos after that. Cons: super, super expensive.


I'm also opened to other suggestions!
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post #28 of 33 Old 08-26-2013, 09:25 PM
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I believe he can take the bad hoof wall off, and rebuild the walls with acrylic, and nail shoes on the rebuilt walls. After cleaning all the disease out.

Sigafoos , well, will there be enough hoof to glue them on to?
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Bumping just so that you get more knowledgeable people to re-visit the thread.
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I believe he can take the bad hoof wall off, and rebuild the walls with acrylic, and nail shoes on the rebuilt walls. After cleaning all the disease out.

Sigafoos , well, will there be enough hoof to glue them on to?

He seems to think they'll be enough, I suppose. Rebuilding the hoof walls and nailing on sounds like another good way to go. I'm worried about getting all the disease out. He said if a little is left and he shoes her, the lack of oxygen will cause a rebirth of infection and we're screwed again.

Interestingly, three other horses have developed milder but still ouchy feet with white line separation in the past week. One horse also developed an insane vertical toe crack almost over night.
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