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post #11 of 14 Old 01-17-2012, 10:54 PM
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I keep Listerine mouthwash in my barn all the time, and scrub everyone's feet with it once a month or if they've been stuck in their stalls for a few days due to weather. It's an antiseptic, so it works well, and smells much nicer then ACV.

But if the ACV is working for you, I wouldn't change anything up...

Glad he's doing better. Keep us updated!
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post #12 of 14 Old 01-19-2012, 05:18 PM
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Bitty, it sounds like you've not yet taken full ownership of the horse? Have you had a vet check done? If he was sold to you as sound & he's not, I'd be getting a vet check first & foremost. If you're taking him on regardless, I'd be getting a trusted farrier or trimmer ASAP to him & if he continues to be lame for more than a few more days, I'd get a vet.

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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.
TB interested to know why you think that? What info do you have that isn't above? Do you know the horse, seen his feet? Leaving a horse that already has overlong walls(be it toe or otherwise) for a month is not at all a good move IMO. Yes, apple cider vinegar does work well on thrush sometimes. The infection can be from a variety of pathogens though and it appears that there is little that works all the time to kill it.

Bitty, really need more/better pics to assess better(check out the links in my signature), but from what can be seen in these pics, it looks like the trimmer may have rolled the toes adequately to prevent the stretching from causing leverage. But perhaps the rest of the foot wasn't trimmed adequately. It does appear that his heels need to be lowered & brought back though, as he's quite underrun. This is something that likely needs to be done little & often, & I'd be rasping a tad more each week or 2 for a bit.

There is no obvious huge separation or WLD that I can see, tho that may be the angle & exposure of the pic. The outside quarter looks a bit messy - is that the most worrying bit of that foot?
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post #13 of 14 Old 01-19-2012, 05:38 PM
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Looks like he has had a long toe for a long time. I'd lower those heels a bit more (if he wasn't too ouchy on them) and back those toes up quite a bit.

I don't see anything in the pictures that screams "Really bad WLD or Thrush".
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post #14 of 14 Old 01-22-2012, 04:25 AM
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That horse has thrush. The central sulcus looks to be deeply infected. There should not be a crack back there in the middle of the back of the frog. Any time you see a "butt crack" on the back of the horse sfoot in the middle of his frog, the horse typically has deep sulcus thrush and sometimes, contraction as well.

In these cases, I mix up some thrush goo (equal parts of triple anitiobiotic ointment, athletes foot creme with clortrimazole, generic monostat/ladies yeast infection creme and desitin), inject it deep into the crack with a needle less syringe and stuff cotton balls in behind it to hold the medication in and help open the crack. Ggotta do it daily till it can no longer hold a cotton ball. dont be afraid to push the stuff in deep as you can. You can also use Q tips to really clean the nasty stuff out of there before hand and flush the hole out with white vinegar

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