Treating beginning stage of WLD

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    08-06-2013, 08:29 PM
Treating beginning stage of WLD

Hi everyone,

This is my first post and also my first day here on the forums. Very happy to find this forum. I have 2 pictures of my horses LF hoof. I tihnk its a bad angle on one so if anyone has any advice and wants a better picture let me know and ill get it. Mustang/QH, 11 yo, never shod. Noticed some stumbling last time I had him out and last night he pulled hard away from me with this foot which he never does. I cleaned it and treated it with hooflex as the Farrier told me to due to some very beginning WLD and he comes again on the 14th of this month. I also sent him these pics but would love to get some input from others as well.

Thank you in advance.


PS, I live in maine, its been very wet this year. I ride him on the road and dirt roads, fields and trails.
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    08-06-2013, 09:22 PM
Im so sorry! My question that I was asking in the pictures above is. Does anyone think the notch in his hoof has anything to do with the WLD my farrier said he noticed last month? Beginning stage is what he said to me.
    08-06-2013, 09:45 PM
Hi Becka. I can't see anything that would cause tenderness aside from if that chip has WLD underneath it, it might make a horse a bit tender. It does look like there may be some WLD under there, if so your farrier can clean it out and you can apply or soak with something he recommends. A bit of flaring as well on the outside of the hoof. The hoof looks like a nicely managed hoof that needs a trim around the 14th. Nice walls, concave sole, the edges look like they've been rolled. Heels and toes could come back a bit, but it's the end of the trim cycle .

I think you or your hoof care provider can look for some sensitivity within the hoof or pastern.

From the angle of the first picture, it looks like the coronary band is pushed up, which can lead to flaring which can lead to nasty bugs like WLD making their home in there. You can relieve the quarters a bit to help stop them from flaring. Relief meaning rasping the quarters until they are above the ground enough for a credit card to slip thru.
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    08-07-2013, 06:28 AM
Thank you for your input, its much appreciated. I agree on being long and am somewhat worried about the WLD creeping in anymore than it already has. I am treating with Hooflex right now everyother day as reccomended by my farrier. I tend to obsess over their hooves. I pick and clean on a daily basis as well as their diet. We make all their hay so I don't worry too much about that as I know exactly where it comes from and when its cut, lol. I need these horses to last well into their 20's before I turn them into pasture pets. I can't imagine parting with either of them just because I am unable to ride or use them for any other purpose. My farrier also has the pics and asked if I wanted him to come out sooner than the 14th. He said the same thing you did. Nice to get that second oppinion though. Thank you again for your thoughts on his foot. I do not like that hole on the outside at all, jut a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus.
    08-07-2013, 10:06 AM
Hi & welcome.

Yes, some different angles would be helpful if you want a proper critique - see link below. That 'notch' looks to me like it could have been due to a bump/small abscess on the coronary that's grown down? Wouldn't be worried about it, though now it's near the bottom, if feet aren't kept well trimmed/balanced, it could lead to a crack.

Yes, it appears that if there's 'WLD/seedy' it's probably only quite superficial as yet, tho again pics aren't clear enough & fresh after a trim would show this best. The wet environment would be playing a part and keeping him on dry as much as possible combined with topical treatment should get rid of it or at least keep it superficial. I wouldn't imagine it's wall infection that's making him sensitive.

Like I said, better pix needed, but it does appear his walls are long & flared. Stretched a bit right the way round, esp on the outside. Check out the ELPO website for good info on assessing balance. Depending on what he works on, perhaps a bit long walled from the ground surface too - eg if on hard ground long walls cause too much peripheral loading. May be that he's not trimmed frequently enough. While 4-6 weeks is the norm, many horses need more frequent trims. Frogs & heels don't look bad but not the most robust either.
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    08-07-2013, 08:55 PM
[QUOTE=loosie;3280074]Hi & welcome.

Yes, some different angles would be helpful if you want a proper critique - see link below. That 'notch' looks to me like it could have been due to a bump/small abscess on the coronary that's grown down? Wouldn't be worried about it, though now it's near the bottom, if feet aren't kept well trimmed/balanced, it could lead to a crack.

I took a couple more pics tonight before I cleaned him up and gave his WLD treatment (hooflex). 1st one is RF, 2nd one is LF, 3rd is side view as im sure you know, lol. I do not tihnk that a 6 week trim program is working in the summer and have decided to do a 4 week appointment to see if that works better for them.
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    08-08-2013, 12:13 AM
Yeah do look a bit long n left fore especially looks a bit 'stretched' forward. Sorry, the 'see below' in last post was for a link to take good hoof pics, but seems to have disappeared. Best angles of hooves on the ground are from ground level or near, and squarely from front & side. Sole shots straight-on, from side & sighting down on angle from heel to toe are best for critiques. If you have a trim booked soon, best to take pics right after. Cheers.
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    08-08-2013, 01:34 PM
TY, Loosie. I am going to get my camera ready for the next trim. I am looking for the link to good hoof pics and plan on checking it out. Love the info. Farrier said he's ging to do before and after pics this time and im goign to start doing them for each trim.
    08-08-2013, 11:43 PM
It's kinda habit forming, taking pictures. I must have a thousand pictures by now. Don't forget to date them and who did them, LOL
    08-09-2013, 12:17 PM
Hoof Flex will do nothing for wld.
I cannot say for certain but it doesn't look as if the horse has wld to me, looks like he just needs a good trim.

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