Rocket's feet, 2 weeks....

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        07-19-2012, 08:58 PM
    Rocket's feet, 2 weeks....

    OK... need the opinions please.... have been trying my best to keep them clean, dry and treated for 8 hours a night..... VERY HARD to do in all of this rain.... what do you guys think of 2 weeks progress... is what I'm doing working???? Should I do more? Or something different?

    Here are left front and rear from 7/5 and then 7/19....
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        07-19-2012, 09:05 PM
    Here are the right side.... (they are wet from washing)
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        07-19-2012, 10:42 PM
    Ookie! As they're due for a trim & there is a lot of excess bar & infected material there, that should help a bit. Considering the severity, I'd strongly consider finding somewhere dry to keep her permanently until it's better, even if that means locking her up. I'd also consider keeping her booted with salt in the boots, to help dry them out.
        07-19-2012, 11:37 PM
    Yep those are quite seriously infected feet. Its going to take a good while to grow them out. Dot get discouraged. It will take months of growth and treatment due to how ideeply nfected they are. Big ol walls of bar trying to imobilize those sore frogs that will need to be trimmed well every time for awhile.

    If you can't keep them dry, keep them clean at least and out of poopy mud if at all possible. Id def stall at night. Salt might be painful on those deep fissures. Id treat them like a wound if I could keeping them dry and clean.

    I think Id scrub clean with dawn after a stint outside, pat dry and use no thrush powder on the outer stuff. Then id squirt dry cow, tomorrow or whatnot deep in the sulcus cracks with cottonballs stuffed in behind to help hold the meds in for now. Stay away from harsh chemicals right now in those deep cracks. Let them heal some first. Make sure the stall is bedded with really dry bedding.
        07-20-2012, 05:28 AM
    That is what I have been doing for 2 weeks.... wash with dish soap, rinse and spray with vinegar... let them dry... every other day I am putting drycow in all the cracks (have been using 2 tubes for 4 feet).... was wrapping them with baby diapers, but just too wet for that right now... have been keeping him in a clean dry stall for 8 - 10 hours a night and turning him out all day... problem is I think we are going backwards with all this rain we are having right now...
    If I buy him some boots? Wouldn't that just keep more moisture in there? Moisture is my enemy right now...yes?
        07-20-2012, 05:33 AM
    And uh..... my farrier just trimmed him 2 weeks ago... not due here until aug 17...? I have been double dosing him with horseshoers secret, should I stop doing that?
        07-20-2012, 05:41 AM
    Yes, I think you're right that boots won't cut it if she's out & it's that muddy, only when keeping her in - only soaking boots are watertight & they're not suitable to leave on. I haven't had a horse react from a bit of salt mself. I'd forget the vinegar for now, as that tends to be a mild preventative in minor cases & dry environs, not much chop otherwise IME. A powdered antifungal/bacterial treatment, as Trinity suggests would be more effective, on the other days from the dry cow.
        07-20-2012, 05:19 PM
    Yeah don't boot. All you can do is try to hold things at bay right now while its wet and provide as much dry time in a stall as you can. Clean and dry as much as possible. Boots would just make things worse right now. Clean mud isnt actually that bad. Poopy mud is a killer tho.
        07-20-2012, 06:52 PM
    To explain further I meant boots for the purpose of treatment, not keeping them on her long term.
        07-20-2012, 07:18 PM
    If I remember something Mark said a few months ago, as long as you keep scrubbing with the Dawn and "messing up the bacteria party" as he put it, they won't have time to reassemble and continue to attack your horse's feet. The dry cow is fantastic stuff. Just keep doing what you're doing and don't get too frustrated.

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