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    03-27-2013, 02:46 AM
  #11
Foal
But to have it on both fronts and a hind?
     
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    03-27-2013, 03:13 AM
  #12
Trained
Oh & there is no way in a pink fit that crack opened up over night - perhaps it was full of dirt & you didn't notice or such.

Yes, that it's on 3 feet indicates it was/is a major issue - could have been that he pounded the pavement a fair few months back & was lucky not to have done worse damage to the hinds too - the way horses use their feet, fronts do tend to 'pound the ground' harder. But given the apparent serious contraction(hoping it's a camera trick) I'd be thinking the abscesses may have come about due to squeezing/compression at the coronary border.
     
    03-27-2013, 12:57 PM
  #13
Foal
I can't imagine how I missed it =( He was ouchy for about 5 days 3 weeks ago, after his latest trim. But I thought it was because he trimmed him a wee bit to short. Could see the red line. Wasn't on this foot though and that's the worst of the cracks.
Since it seems to have already ruptured is there a point in wrapping at this point? Or just let it be and let it grow out. I feel like such a bad mom now X_X
     
    03-27-2013, 05:53 PM
  #14
Trained
'Could see the red line' doesn't sound like he was necessarily trimmed too short, but the 'white line' had blood in it. This is usually from up higher - ie it's not fresh blood, the farrier hasn't trimmed to a blood vessel or the corium or such, but a bruise or sign of laminitic event. Need more info to have a clue which. If he was sore after a trim(assuming the farrier did indeed to a good job) that can be an indication of 'sub clinical' laminitis.

No, don't wrap/seal any cracks or such, as that just creates a nicer environ for bugs. Open to the air & treated for infection. Peroxide is one option.
     
    03-27-2013, 11:11 PM
  #15
Foal
So this is the best I could get out of him tonight. Best laid plans and all.

Left Foot


Right foot


Bastian


Disregard the crappy bandage please >_<
     
    03-27-2013, 11:24 PM
  #16
Weanling
Subbing to learn more. This guy looks ouchie... Puffy pasterns? Odd feet. Only see one abscess, though.
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    03-28-2013, 01:23 AM
  #17
Trained
OK, quick note...

Your horse's feet at least don't look anything like as bad as I imagined from that one pic - phew! So that will give you an idea of how pics can indeed 'lie' or that different angles will give totally different perspectives. So with that in mind, as well as my view being just one anonymous one, and that I have also marked most of the red lines on your pics slightly exaggerated, to give you a clearer idea what I'm on about, you will know to take what I say as 'food for thought', not hard & fast - or even definite - instruction.

So the red lines in the first pic show where the hoof/pastern angles appear 'broken forward' on both fronts. The flared lower sections of the walls look like they match the pastern angles, but the upper hoof shows that they 'want' to be a slightly lower angle - that's the angle the toe wall would be if growth was tight all the way down. It looks to me that high, run forward heels are probably the main prob. The last pic with green lines shows approximately what I think this hoof 'should' look like - shorter, more upright heel & toe. Some sole shots would give more info to be more specific.

His wall growth looks quite healthy generally, but there is that slight ridge around the middle of the wall, so I'd suspect he had a short term laminitic 'event' around the time, which weakened the growth at the coronary at that time & led to the abscess(es?).
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    03-28-2013, 02:22 AM
  #18
Weanling
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Originally Posted by loosie    
OK, quick note...

Your horse's feet at least don't look anything like as bad as I imagined from that one pic - phew! So that will give you an idea of how pics can indeed 'lie' or that different angles will give totally different perspectives. So with that in mind, as well as my view being just one anonymous one, and that I have also marked most of the red lines on your pics slightly exaggerated, to give you a clearer idea what I'm on about, you will know to take what I say as 'food for thought', not hard & fast - or even definite - instruction.

So the red lines in the first pic show where the hoof/pastern angles appear 'broken forward' on both fronts. The flared lower sections of the walls look like they match the pastern angles, but the upper hoof shows that they 'want' to be a slightly lower angle - that's the angle the toe wall would be if growth was tight all the way down. It looks to me that high, run forward heels are probably the main prob. The last pic with green lines shows approximately what I think this hoof 'should' look like - shorter, more upright heel & toe. Some sole shots would give more info to be more specific.

His wall growth looks quite healthy generally, but there is that slight ridge around the middle of the wall, so I'd suspect he had a short term laminitic 'event' around the time, which weakened the growth at the coronary at that time & led to the abscess(es?).
Nothing of value to say, really. This sums it all up. Just wanted to say that I love this!
     
    03-28-2013, 02:32 AM
  #19
Foal
I see what you mean. Its been a pretty hard road for Bass. The right heel was basically non existent when I got him and he had pancaked on that foot. The left was not as bad but he was pretty much lame when I brought him home in Dec. Via xrays he had neg coffin bone angulation? I have those somewhere if you would like to see em. Would this event have been more recent though? Or could it have been related to his previous neglect? The vet even mentions he had not seen that nasty of feet on a colt his age in a long while. I'll get the bottoms in the morning. Should I try to get his back feet as well?
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    03-28-2013, 02:37 AM
  #20
Foal
Or he had hernia/ castration surgery and was kept stalled for all of Feb. Only hand walked. Also had reduced feed but all the hay he could eat.
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