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    01-31-2014, 10:25 PM
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Sole fungus

My percheron mare has been transitioning to barefoot over the past few months now. She has had a lot of lumps and bumps exfoliating along the way. I let it come out on it's own, especially since she has paper thin sole.

We had enough rain for the ground to be wet over the last two days. Today her sole exfoliated in sheets. I removed what I could with the hoof pick since it was chalky and falling off easily. I found tons of black fungus, not in veins, but completely covering in between these layers of dead sole. I scraped until I saw no more black.

I have seen veins of the black stuff before, but not where it totally covered the sole like that. You would have almost thought it was a different sole color!
     
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    01-31-2014, 10:51 PM
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Here is a picture before I scraped the black layer out....
     
    01-31-2014, 10:52 PM
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Here is a picture of the opposite hoof where I already scraped out a lot of the black stuff....
     
    02-01-2014, 02:51 AM
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Trained
I wouldn't stress about that bit of fungus on the soles so much, when it's exfoliating. You can always just spray it with tea tree oil or such. But the black spots evident at both toes, indicate how far back the true sole is, give you another clue about how much the toes need to come back. & while I agree generrally about not taking sole unnecessarily, I suspect there's a fair bit in the rear half of the hooves, being 'locked in' by the bars. When this comes out, I suspect you'll find the heels a bit high. Can't tell clearly from the pics tho
     
    02-01-2014, 09:08 AM
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Originally Posted by loosie    
I wouldn't stress about that bit of fungus on the soles so much, when it's exfoliating. You can always just spray it with tea tree oil or such. But the black spots evident at both toes, indicate how far back the true sole is, give you another clue about how much the toes need to come back. & while I agree generrally about not taking sole unnecessarily, I suspect there's a fair bit in the rear half of the hooves, being 'locked in' by the bars. When this comes out, I suspect you'll find the heels a bit high. Can't tell clearly from the pics tho
Loosie, in the front two hoofs, she has....I forget the word....think it starts with a 'C'....where the toe indents inwards mirroring the way her coffin bone is shaped, possibly from bone loss??? I hope you know what it is called.

Anyhoo, how do I incorporate that into the equation to factor how far back with the toe? I agree thinking there will be some at the back. I've just been waiting for her to shed this sole herself. Good to know about the bars locking it in. I have some spray already with the tea tree oil in it, so I plan on really getting after this today. Good to hear it's not an emergency.
     
    02-01-2014, 09:14 AM
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She has been trimmed three times now since shoes being removed. Here is a pic after shoe was removed....


Here is a picture after last trim a couple weeks ago. You can see that indentation at the toe and all that sole waiting to exfoliate. The toe was taken back to the water line and she has a very wide white line, especially with that indentation.
     
    02-01-2014, 11:09 AM
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The feet are overdue for a decent trim. There is no"sole fungus' I see just dead cracked loose normal old sole crumbling out. The dip at the toe is perfectly NORMAL in some horses and is called a "crenna" and it is a NORMAL indent in some coffin bones that some foals are born with. And if that 'after' trim was immediately after a trim, you seriously need a new trimmer.
     
    02-01-2014, 11:42 AM
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Thank you Patty....THAT is the name I was trying to think of!!!! Crenna, crenna, crenna, crenna, crenna......
     
    02-01-2014, 10:45 PM
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Trained
Yes, OHL, I remembered she is much improved from where she was a little while ago.

Yes, Patty, I know about the crenna, just think the toe looks stretched about that much. But I seriously didn't even think of the crenna as to the divots in those toes, given the degree & stretching. Looking at the last pic, of newly trimmed, do you see many cases that 'cloven' looking naturally? Because I just never have, unless it's due to bone loss from bad seedy, toe clips, or such.
     
    02-02-2014, 01:12 AM
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Originally Posted by loosie    
Yes, OHL, I remembered she is much improved from where she was a little while ago.

Yes, Patty, I know about the crenna, just think the toe looks stretched about that much. But I seriously didn't even think of the crenna as to the divots in those toes, given the degree & stretching. Looking at the last pic, of newly trimmed, do you see many cases that 'cloven' looking naturally? Because I just never have, unless it's due to bone loss from bad seedy, toe clips, or such.
So the toe was trimmed back to the water line = 1/8" from the white line. Since the white line is so thick, do I need to use a different margin? Or could there be some laminar wedge present?
     

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