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    08-20-2013, 01:42 PM
I might think about xrays now so I would know where exactly those coffin bones are.
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    08-20-2013, 01:55 PM
Green Broke
I would if he were my horse. But my friend doesn't want anyone seeing him in this condition(completely understandable) so I will have to wait until he's all fixed up before I can get some rads.
    08-20-2013, 10:02 PM
Kayella, I found that TV episode I was referring to. The part about the pony is quite short, but you might like to have a look. I like the last bit where the pony is playing in the paddock after rehab.
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    08-20-2013, 11:26 PM
Green Broke
Wow, thanks for that Vicki! I enjoyed watching it and she seemed to be in a very similar condition that Rebel was in. Hopefully he'll be a great success story like she was. :)
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    08-21-2013, 03:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Kayella    
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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You probably already know about the equisocks but if not, here is a link. This practitioner is VERY knowledgeable. I would contact her. You could get by with the small size with a mini!
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Best of luck. If you need the equisocks, she may be willing to donate some if you send a photo of what you are dealing with. Otherwise I would be able to donate some money towards them if you think they would help this poor guy!.
    08-21-2013, 04:07 AM
I've never seen anything that bad. Thank you for helping the pony, but I really think that a very good farrier needs to be working on this.
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    08-21-2013, 10:03 AM
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I'll definitely be looking into the equisocks. Thanks!

Trust me Alex, I would not be working on this without the help of my farrier. He's not just some Podunk farrier, he's worked on a million cases like this so I have no doubt that he will not steer me wrong with this horse.
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    08-21-2013, 06:09 PM
Poor guy :( At least he's finally getting some help! I actually just ordered equisocks to try on my guy, hopefully they will get here this week! I'm planning to take lots of pics before/the process/after haha, you should too if you try them!
    08-22-2013, 09:53 AM
Good job for starters & good luck - you & he will need a lot of it!!

If your friend has just rescued him, she shouldn't worry about what a vet will think of her & IME I would absolutely want X-rays, to know the extent of damage & changes. This can affect the prognosis & treatment too. Eg. Has he got enough of P3 left to make rehab to paddock soundness a possibility? Has he got loose bone chips or other stuff going on, that will need removal? Make sure 'landmarks' of hooves are marked for rads too. I'd also get rads of his knees while you're at it, as they can also be a big issue in these cases.

IMO & E it is almost always worth attempting rehab, but your friend also needs to consider his quality of life & depending on degree of damage & his level of pain it may be unfair of her not to get him on bute or such immediately & also later for when you're trimming him. Also consider what amount of continued suffering may be fair & reasonable to allow him to continue with in the process of attempted rehab.
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    08-22-2013, 11:04 AM
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Thanks, Loosie. I would think with such severe overgrowth, there would have to be coffin bone remodeling. But he's not lame, doesn't move stiffly, or anything like that. Would there be such severe remodeling to the coffin bone that he can't be rehabbed even though he's not lame? I know horses are tricky and can fool you - they're great at that. I'll have to talk to my friend and see if she'll be willing to get some x-rays done. I was planning on bringing his heels back this weekend and rounding out the toe as much as I could just to clean it up a bit. They're now treating him for thrush(woohoo!) I told them to use ACV. Should something stronger be used at this point?

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