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post #1 of 14 Old 01-16-2012, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thrush, White Line and Swelling AH HELP!

So I just took in a 21 yr old QH yesterday from a girl that was trying to rehome him since she can't afford him. I went to look at him about a month ago and totally fell in love. When I was there she rode him and he was completely sound through the wtc. Well two nights before he arrives I get an email about how she had someone come trim him and he has thrush in all four feet and slight signs of white line separation. (And that's where I started to panic... I don't have much experience with white line so I started doing some serious researching.) She told me he wasn't lame or anything and that cleaning him with Clean Trax should do the trick and she'd pay for any treatments. Well when he gets off the trailer yesterday, one of his front legs is completely stocked up and he's limping. His toes are also still long. He is set to be trimmed again in a month and I have started a cleaning his feet daily with an apple cider vinegar and water solution. I also have thrush buster but I am afraid a-it wont reach high enough in his hoof depending on how high the white line is and b-it will harm healthy tissue as well. I'm wondering if it's possible the swelling is from him adjusting to his feet being trimmed and them being more 'under' him (if that makes sense).

Anyone have any suggestions? Home remedies? Anything?
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-16-2012, 07:22 PM
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Soak his feet in lysol/water mix maybe 10/90 ratio or 20/80 for 10 minutes each once. Then wash daily using a stiff bristle brush with lysol/water or sunlight dish soap/water; rinse, dry and apply antifungal cream. I personally use 1:1:1 of athlete's foot cream, triple antibiotic cream and zinc oxide cream.

You might want to soak his feet again next week, but don't go crazy on the soaking.

If his toes are still long, don't wait a month for another trim. Another farrier might be called for as well, depending on the situation. Feel free to post pics of his feet.

The stocking up could be from standing in the trailer too long, or being stalled too long before transport. Is there heat? If so, you can cold hose for 20 minutes once or twice daily. Don't keep him stalled -- let him have full movement.
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I just got back from the barn and he has a little bit of heat in all four hooves. He also seems to be very sore in one of his hind legs and wont put pressure on it. His heal and the bottom of his foot are hot on that leg. His swollen leg doesn't seem to be bothering him at all. I am going to try soaking him tomorrow night.

I would like to call in another farrier ASAP but the owner had her best friend come up from FL to trim him. She is a proper balance horse trimmer and is the one who discovered the thrush and white line. So she wants her to come back up to trim him and check on his feet. I guess she didnt want to trim them too short because it would have made such a difference in his weight distribution.

She wants him stalled and out of the bad weather at night and we have a winter storm just starting to hit us. I put a ton of shavings in his stall so it should be nice and cushy for his ouchy feet. Plus it will keep them dry. He is out all day other wise. Although his rear leg was not bothering him when I was with him today so I'm afraid having him out may not be helping. He also use to be in a complete mud pit but the barn I have him at is grassy and not a total mess.

I'll try to get some pics tomorrow
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Whose horse is he…yours or hers? Personally, I'd have your farrier or someone that YOU trust come out and look at him…long toes and lameness after a trim on a previously sound horse would be a red flag for me.
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I agree Britt I'd just have rich look at him when he comes out for Moo and see what he atleast thinks.
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Heat in feet and lameness = not good! Get a farrier out ASAP. One that YOU know and trust.
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This horse probably doesn't have any more room to back his hooves up any farther and just took off as much as they can. Also it sounds like this girl doesn't know what the meaning of lame is because she obviously couldn't see the problem with him. I commend you for taking him on. Getting him trimmed in a month is a good idea. Keep doing the apple cider vinegar/water solution. I've used it before and it works really well. Also I would buy some White Lightening if I were you. I've used it before and it doesn't kill the new healthy growth, just the bacteria. Much safer.

Hope this helps. Good luck!
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This horse probably doesn't have any more room to back his hooves up any farther and just took off as much as they can. Also it sounds like this girl doesn't know what the meaning of lame is because she obviously couldn't see the problem with him. I commend you for taking him on. Getting him trimmed in a month is a good idea. Keep doing the apple cider vinegar/water solution. I've used it before and it works really well. Also I would buy some White Lightening if I were you. I've used it before and it doesn't kill the new healthy growth, just the bacteria. Much safer.

Hope this helps. Good luck!
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Ok so today he is doing a thousand times better. When I pulled in he came running over. He apparently had a rock stuck deep in his white line and once we got it out he wasn't ouchy. His hooves are still giving off a little bit of heat. I've been cleaning them twice a day and spraying them with ACV/water solution. Tomorrow I have someone coming (equine student) to help me use thrush off and hopefully she can give me some more helpful tips. I also have Clean Trax coming in the mail so hopefully we can do a good soak. His poor feet. :( I can't wait to get him back on track again.

It was dark out so the pictures aren't that great. Yes I know they are in terrible shape and I am trying to fix them so please shoot me any helpful information/tips/advice you have

His far foot in this picture is the worst one, it has the terrible thrushy smell and his leg is swollen. Doesn't seem to be bothering him though.




This is the bottom of that foot


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