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    08-19-2013, 05:27 PM
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    08-19-2013, 05:47 PM
The frog will certainly be stretched forward and overgrown with the rest of the overgrown foot. Don't worry about nicking him. It will recede pretty quick. I seriously doubt it hurt as much as you think. Focus on his heels and soles at first. Get them back and in place ASAP. That toe is just a big wedge essentially. The heels should be nippered off best you can as far back as you can even if you have to leave the toe for now. You want to break the long tubules off back closer to the back of the foot so they can start to straighten out and grow in properly. Youll have to di ti bit by bit as the hoof grows properly down. The heels will fix first. The foot will straighten out from the back to the front as it grows so you must get the back in order quickly. Do you have pictures of the bottom of the feet?
    08-19-2013, 05:59 PM
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I find the migration of his frog really neat. It definitely makes sense though. I unfortunately don't have pictures of his soles. The only time I attempted to look at them is when I first started on his LF. He immediately sat back on his haunches and arched his back up from the pain. I may give him some bute the night before and the morning of his next trim to get him more comfortable. But everything underneath was solid. I cleaned out a majority of the disgusting gunk and saw his tattered up long an narrow frog. It was a reddish color and pretty shriveled up. Otherwise to clean his feet I'd scoop out any nastiness from the front as I cut the hoof away. The outside heel on his RF is extremely curled under and was nearly pushing up into his sole. I took as much of that off as I possibly could from the ground. This trim was focused on getting as much flare off as possible. Next trim I should do a much better job of bringing his heels back since he should be a lot more comfortable.

What kind of remodeling do you think there is to the coffin bone?
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    08-19-2013, 06:36 PM
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Oh...WOW. I don't think I've ever seen feet that bad. Subbing to see your miracle work on this poor little guy...I'm sure he appreciates it!
    08-19-2013, 06:46 PM
No way to tell unfortunately without X rays until the feet grow back out. When they grow out, you will get a very good indication of what the bone looks like just by the shape of the new growth and how well the toe attaches as it grows down.
    08-19-2013, 11:07 PM
Wow Kayella. That's quite a tough case. Don't beat yourself up about quicking him. The only way it wouldn't have happened is if you did not touch him at all.

I would imagine, like with all barefoot trimming, that the disfigured parts inside the hoof will back themselves up as you go, esp blood vessels. I am glad you're posting this , it is a good learning experience-and he's cute!
    08-20-2013, 12:09 AM
Kudos to you for taking him on, I'll be really keen to see how he progresses.

The only feet I've seen that bad before was on a RSPCA show on TV with a shetland in a very similar state. From memory I think they trimmed him up gradually like you are, and used poly styrene blocks taped to his feet as "shoes" to encourage blood flow and help with healing while keeping him comfy. It looked weird but seemed to help. Wish I could find the episode for you online but it was a few years back.
    08-20-2013, 01:21 AM
I have never seen hooves that bad! Good on you for working with this pony to help get him right.

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    08-20-2013, 02:29 AM
That is both sad and happy. Very sad the poor little fellow got to that point, and happy that you came to his rescue are trying so hard to get him straightened out. Good for you!!
    08-20-2013, 02:42 AM
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Thanks guys for the words of encouragement! I definitely needed them lol. I should be working on him again this weekend. As everyone said, I'll now be fighting against his live sole as it slowly recedes to where it should be so things should be slowing down from here. Luckily, he seems to grow hoof quickly so that is to his advantage at this point.

Trinity, I would love to get rads once he's "normal." I wish I could have gotten some before, but it is what it is.

I'm not sure what we will do in terms of increasing blood flow. My farrier would have all the resourced and everything(don't know if hoof boots come that small?) so we'll see what he thinks would be the best plan of action. He definitely needs to grow that frog. We may possibly do boots with a frog wedge? Again, don't know if that stuff comes that small. We will see!
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