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        08-04-2013, 07:46 PM
    ACK!!! Those new pictures made my heart jump in my throat! They certainly look way different that the first pics!

    That's really awful. I hope your farrier can work some wonders here, and maybe call your vet for some NSAIDS for pain.
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        08-04-2013, 07:58 PM
    Green Broke
    Yikes! Where has she been living?
        08-04-2013, 08:07 PM
    Princessfluffybritches, the first pictures did no justice. She is having all necessary assessments tomorrow on all fronts. Ugh.

    SueNH, she was in NC (not sure where) in a very hilly, grassy area. She was kept at my farm a few years ago as a foster and when she left her feet did NOT look like that.
        08-04-2013, 08:50 PM
    Id Map using ELPO guidelines and trim according to that method getting the toe back where it belongs and the stress off it. Then Id open all cracks and treat for fungus and then possibly/probably cast the foot leaving the top of the cracks well open to be treated. Casting would support and protect this foot while allowing some good tight growth to come down the foot. The sole will probably be pancake flat in front of the frog and probably have a stretched frog also. JMO.

    What a mess. Id 100% treat all the cracks for fungal issues no matter what you do. The crud get in under the layers of hoof wall and just eat away as it turning it into parchment layers like a pastry. What might start as a simple stress crack from poor trimming and shoeing turns into a mess such as here. Usually its caused by excess moisture. Lots of horses that live in bottom lands around here get those little cracks. This is a long ways down the road in development but I always have to be wary of them forming.
        08-04-2013, 10:21 PM
    Does anybody have any hoof supplement suggestions?
    As I said, she's being assessed tomorrow, but I'd like any opinions I can get so I can do proper research. THank you all so much for your help! It'll take a while but darned if this horse isn't going to have the world's most perfect feet when I'm done with her.
        08-04-2013, 11:00 PM
    Yeowch! You and your farrier have got your work cut out for you- I am glad your farrier is the kind that is willing to seek help or refer as necessary. That's always a good sign to me that they're willing to learn and probably already ahead of the curve anyway.

    Your girl doesn't need a supplement, per se- she needs a complete nutrition plan that will help support her and grow some healthy feet. I would start off feeding her like an insulin resistant / sugar sensitive horse since if she is at all reactive that way it will hurt her feet in the long run. Essentially, go for lots of forage and fat, low sugar/starch, and avoid grains and other high sugar feeds like stressed/rich grass pasture, corn, etc. Then add in some good vitamin E, omega 3s and biotin, which are all in something like horseshoers secret or other high quality coat and hoof supplements.
        08-05-2013, 10:43 AM
    Green Broke
    Me and my short and sweet New England dialect.

    She looks like she has been long term standing in wet. Wet that wasn't so clean. More like ammonia damage.

    I'm on river bottom land. I get wet feet. The cracks I get are only tiny surface cracks. I could probably brush them out with fine sandpaper or a regular human emery board if I wanted to.

    Trinity, I don't know much about casting. I've only dealt with my own horses but wouldn't the cast hold in excess moisture? Ideally if I had money to burn I'd give that horse a year long vacation in the high desert only coming in for feeding and trims. I had one horse that had feet similar to this, a Belgian who had been locked in a stall for over a year. I actually had to take a hacksaw blade and cut 10 inches of toe off his fronts. How he still had shoes on them I'll never know.

    FirstFed, I'd be interested in seeing the bottoms of her feet. For no other reason other than it's a poor day when you don't learn something. It sounds like you and your farrier and vet will do fine. I would just love to see the progression to soundness.
        08-05-2013, 10:52 AM
    Subbing to watch progress.

    I thought I had seen some bad hooves, but nothing like this girls.

    No hoof, no horse.

    Best of luck, and fingers crossed your farrier can work his magic!
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        08-05-2013, 11:51 AM
    Also want to follow your progress. Best of luck, can't wait to hear the plan after the farrier sees her today.
        08-05-2013, 12:46 PM
    Originally Posted by FirstFed    
    Does anybody have any hoof supplement suggestions?
    As I said, she's being assessed tomorrow, but I'd like any opinions I can get so I can do proper research. THank you all so much for your help! It'll take a while but darned if this horse isn't going to have the world's most perfect feet when I'm done with her.
    You want a supplement that has Biotin, Methionine , and Lysine. The Biotin should be 15-20 mg per day. This will grow resilient hooves and grow them faster. I think you need a good farrier for the rest. An experienced one. And do check for fungus, it can eat it's way up the hoof.

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