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post #1 of 8 Old 08-15-2011, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Easy Boots 24/7???

I've got a friend who has a horse with very strange hoof issues. She tells me that the hoof wall is sperated from the rest of the hoof, and its getting worst because mud keeps getting packed into the gap. I don't really understand what is happening so don't ask me to try and explain in detail. So what we want to know is if she could put a type of easy boot on her horse while he's in the field, under saddle, in a stall, etc. He can't wear shoes due to the lack of hoof wall, so this is one of her only options...

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Thanks!!! Those look almost to good to be true. I'll send them to my friend.
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She probably needs to get a farrier in to look at it, sounds like a case of white line disease.
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The quick answer is "No", it's NOT a good idea. First of all, horses get rid of those boots in no time (so it's VERY expensive to change the boot every 2-3 days). Second it's just not healthy. BTW Easyboot Rx is great as a temporal solution (to keep medication on) and for light turn out only (which is stated on website).

The best way to go for you friend would be to talk with knowledgeable farrier to see what's going on and how it should be treated.

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I've got a friend who has a horse with very strange hoof issues. She tells me that the hoof wall is sperated from the rest of the hoof, and its getting worst because mud keeps getting packed into the gap. I don't really understand what is happening so don't ask me to try and explain in detail.
It's not "strange" at all. Separation of the wall from the sole is indicative of imbalanced and/or excess ground reaction force on the wall and compromised interdigital laminae.

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So what we want to know is if she could put a type of easy boot on her horse while he's in the field, under saddle, in a stall, etc. He can't wear shoes due to the lack of hoof wall, so this is one of her only options...
Booting a horse with compromised laminae is generally contra-indicated.

The compromised laminae are subject to intrusion by opportunistic anaerobic bacteria/fungus that thrive in the oxygen free environment a boot would create. Further, hoof boots are not intended for 24/7 use.

A lack of supportive hoof wall can make shoeing difficult, but not impossible. There are various methods of applying support/protection if necessary. The ability to attach any needed orthotic has more to do with the skill of the practitioner than any lack of wall.

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I believe she said something about white line. From what I understand the hoof wall if literally falling off, we refer to her horse as Tetris toe. At the moment the horse is standing on his sole b/c the wall gives no support. Thanks for all thus information, I'll forward it to her so she can make a decision.
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