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        11-29-2012, 03:20 PM
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    I was wondering where you went!
    I'll leave the technical info to loosie, she's the expert.
    What you could try is making him "shoes" out of styrofoam, the kind that's used for insulating houses, and duct tape, to see if he's more comfortable with them on. It takes a little practice to make them, but it'll come
    Cut a plate the size of the hoof out of the foam, then tape to foot.
    If he gets more comfy, he'll move around more which in turn makes the hooves grow more, including the sole.
    You'll have two possibilities, either go the barefoot way, which, IMO, is the better one, or go with orthopedic shoeing, which will, if done right, make him seem sound quicker, but, again, IMO, will pretty much mask the problem. Either way, it'll take time to grow a new, healthier hoof.
    For possibilities of shoeing, NANRIC - Your Source for Equine Podiatry Products & Knowledge has tons of info, and might be helpful in finding a farrier who works that way.

    It's a pretty bad start with a new horse, but im glad you stuck with him
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        11-29-2012, 03:54 PM
    Thanks desert, so do you think he has laminitis or not? My vet is unclear at this point. His hooves are still hot and he was worse last night than he was over the weekend. I'm going to try the styrofoam shoes tonight and let you know how it goes. Thanks so much for your help!
        11-29-2012, 03:56 PM
    Green Broke
    Why do the x-rays say Nov 15, 1999? Edit : I think that must be the birthdate. I see it says 2012 now. Subbing to find info though.
        11-29-2012, 03:57 PM
    Here is a picture of Spirit, I don't know the girl who is riding him, supposedly taken last summer at a show.
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        11-29-2012, 03:59 PM
    Yes Desert you are correct that's his birthdate, 1999, they just threw that in there
        11-29-2012, 04:01 PM
    Green Broke
    Maybe it's the picture or just me but that LF looks funky. Hoof? Leg maybe?
        11-29-2012, 04:04 PM
    More xrays

    More xrays from behind hooves
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        11-29-2012, 04:05 PM
    Poppy I thought the same thing when I first looked at that picture, idk why it looks like that
        11-29-2012, 04:46 PM
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    It looks like that because his feet are waaaaayyyy too long. How were they when you got him?
    Surprising that he doesn't have any tendon issues if he was ridden with these feet.....

    As for your question, laminitis yes, with very little rotation, thank heavens.
    You changed his diet, now you need to take care of his feet.
    If you choose to go barefoot, you need a good trimmer, or learn it yourself, to keep his feet at optimum angle and length. If the DIY boots help, you could look into hoof boots, like Easy Boots, Old Macs, Renegades, to keep him comfy while he's growing a set if new ones.
    If you can, pics of his feet from the side and the sole, taken at ground level, would be very helpful.
        11-29-2012, 04:48 PM
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    Forgot....he's such a pretty boy

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