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Severe hoof sensitivity. Shoes or no shoes?

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    08-25-2012, 01:53 AM
  #11
Trained
Hi,

As per other's posts, need more info & pref hoof pics(see link below). Re possibility of laminitis/founder, unfortunately it is a distinct possibility - could be before you got him too. Re diet & lami, check out Equine Cushing's and Insulin Resistance Information & Katy Watts | Safergrass.org. Also hoofrehab.com is a good online resource IMO.

Re diet, I would personally run it by a nutritionist or use a program such as feedxl.com. If you're feeding something like corn oil, it's best to feed it little & often over a few feeds rather than once daily. What's the aspirin, lysine & electro dex for? It's possible ongoing aspirin could lead to laminitis, as these type drugs damage gut lining & allow toxins into the blood.

I would consider getting an equine vet & getting xrays done. *Make sure his feet are marked for rads - eg point of frog, dorsal wall. I would not be inclined to put shoes on him & if I did I would be ensuring they were well packed/padded. Instead hoof boots are a good option to provide full protection & support to his soles without the 'cons' of nail on rims.
     
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    08-25-2012, 12:43 PM
  #12
Yearling
Re: feeding Dumor is a really low end feed. You would get more bang for your buck by getting rid of most of the additives and feeding a better quality feed like Triple Crown that already has biotin and probiotics in it as well as a higher fat content. You could feed only that and maybe the alfalfa and sand clear and maybe some flax if you needed to and get rid of all that other stuff. IME, they grow the best feet on a quality diet that isnt mix and match. When yo umix and match you throw off the balance.

Ouchie feet need protection or they WILL end up abscessing or getting subsolar bruising. If it isnt from thrush or wetness, Id try casting these feet to give some 24 7 breathable relieve and support. Booting would work also but seems to hold in moisture as a rule and can actually make the feet softer if they were dry before. I also like the Perfect Hoof wear Pro inserts that you cast on as well as sole guard or a vettec pourin pad under the casting where appropriate. There are also glue on shoes if the wall can't be nailed to which are quite expensive tho. Casting is cheap (buy a box of resin casting off Ebay. 109 rolls for 30 bucks usually. 2 inch) and doable by most average people and provides great relief quickly for most horses. There are videos on how to do it out there as well and you can use small screws at the back of the quarters to help hold it on, vettecs glue at the toe if needed, as well as bell boots.
     

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