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post #1 of 7 Old 02-12-2013, 04:32 AM Thread Starter
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Raine's crummy hooves

Ok so Raine had horrendous hooves when I got her (December 19th) and they are slowly getting better now with a few big speed bumps along the way. Some of you may have seen my other thread about her heel falling off and her having it removed at the vet's surgery.

The photos attached are her near fore, can anyone confirm that on her heel bulb is where an abscess blew out? That's what it looks like to me. Whatever it is, i'm very much on edge about it. That's how it started on the near hind- the one with the heel removed!!! How the heck do I go about this, Im freaking out that its going to go the same way as the near hind. Im not even sure if I could have prevented it in the first place (vets opinion is that it caught on something and tore) Put shoes on to support the wall? Hoof boots? Wrap it 'just incase'?

Here is my usual daily routine:
Pick out hooves
Spray apple cider vinegar ( to clear up thrush that was starting)
Check for seedy toe (treat if necessary)
Paint on liquid stockholm tar
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-12-2013, 12:34 PM
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That looks like a classic abscess blowout. Id agree witht eh vet however that the back heel did appear to be a tear. However, there had to be something rough there that got caught and allowed the tear to happen. If I see wall roughness's, I smooth them out and have the owner keep a watch on them.

I also would not paint tar on these feet anymore. Scrub them clean with an antibacterial dishsoap and use the vinegar or Durasole if you can get it.
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Im doing her feet again today, and she does get the mustang roll put on strongly
Do you think I should wrap this one as a preventative method Trinity? NEver heard of Durasole, not sure if we can get it in Aus but ill check :)
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No That likely isnt necessary if it is already drained out, not weeping and is dry. Is the horse sound?

Just keep it clean (I like using a good antibacterial Dishsoap like Dawn mixed in water in a spray bottle. Makes it easy to scrub the foot clean) and treated as prevention so no nasties get in there as best you can. Iodine would be ok to use also once a week to clean and dry this out while it grows out. It will take some time to grow out but if the horse is sound, I wouldnt worry too much other than cleaning it well and keeping the horse out of the wet as much as possible. Its a weak area that is closed up so it needs watching and cleaning so long as its isnt causing any ither issues.

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Agree with Trinity, except on the Durasole, & since learning that detergents actually make tissue more permeable, inclined to disagree with using dishsoap too. The major potential risk with a 'been & gone' abscess like that is infection, so I wouldnt wrap it & while it may be too deep now, when it grows out more, I'd probably pare everything below off, to open it up, dry it out & more easily manage it. I'd use something stronger than ACV for it & existing thrush, such as peroxide, eucalyptus/t-tree oil, etc. Raw honey(esp Manuka) is also a great antiseptic, believe it or not!

I trust those pics were before you started doing the 'strong mustang roll'? If not, I'd up the ante drastically to relieve those stretched walls. That will be one big step of 'treating' seedy. Shoes aren't all bad, but they don't support the walls, rather put them under further stress with peripheral loading.
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Everyone has their own ways. I've been using dishsoap for 6 years now and it works to clean and get rid of thrush just like washing your hands prevents sickness and disease. Cleanliness is very important to healing thrush. So many people treat but don't clean the foot before they dump whatever they are using on the foot. There is no denying the results nor its cheap cost. Durasole also is awesome stuff. It promotes the crosslinking of the proteins in the hoof as well is antifungal and antibacterial. To each his own.
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Yes this is before I trimmed her hooves I will get photos today when I go clean them. I have been applying Manuka honey to one of her cuts, don't know why I didn't think to put it on hooves :) I also have peroxide too.
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