Originally Posted by Merlot
eeek does she have to be shod?
She is an endurance horse and we tried not shoeing the first year and after several stone bruises we went to shoes because the terrain on the rides is usually quite rocky. So, yes, she does need shoes.
She also has a small crack in the front shoe that needs to be supported, so she is on slight rockers to keep the pressure off the toe but not pressure the crack open.
I soaked her last night in ACV with epsom salts mixed in. I know ACV on it's own is okay for some bacteria and fungus, but I also know that is can be too mild for some, so I added epsom salts to help draw out and kill the other stains of bacteria that are not salt friendly. I am cleaning her hooves very well and then soaking them, shoe and all, in a dry sack with the mix for 20 minutes 2x per day to draw out what I can before the WL arrives. I know the ACV is mild but it's all I have at the moment.
If anyone has research to state why I should take off her shoes during this time, I would be very interested in seeing it and showing it to my farrier, but I do worry the crack would not be supported. It isn't a huge crack, but I want to prevent it from becoming any bigger and the rocker shoe keeps pressure off the toe.
I read that I should be walking her on pavement to stimulate blood flow more adequately for 15-20 minutes. If anyone has any info saying otherwise, I would be interested in reading it, too. I am pouring straight ACV in her nail holes each day and on her other hoofs I am pouring straight ACV and holding up her feet and letting it dribble through the shoe and squirting it directly into all crevices.
I read that WL was safe for shod horses on the Smartpak website, but I am not sure if their information is always correct. I'll check it out.
Also, she is IR and on a very, very low NSC diet with almost no sugar, so I am pretty sure that her WLD is not dietary. She is on a complete vitamin and Animed Remission for her hooves, so I think it must be environmental. But my other horse doesn't have it at all! Not anywhere! Not even thrush, so I am a little miffed!