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post #1 of 9 Old 12-27-2008, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy help major feet problem

I feel really guilty, when I looked yesterday at paddie's feet and his crack in 1 foot was only getting worse(its an old crack from a bad farrier shoeing him a few years ago). he has white line disease, thrush and now with this crack i have decised to take him out of work and keep him in until i get the farrier and th vet to him hopefuly tuesday and walk him out, the field is absolutly destoried so thats a no go. he came to me like this only 2 weeks back, i dont think the condition of the field is helping any because there is no where that isn't at least 2 inches in water on top of mud.
Am i doing the right thing? hes being walked out for 3 hours a day like riley is.
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-28-2008, 06:31 AM
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its hard to know without actually seeing the crack. Do you have any pics you can show us? If he isn't lame, I don't see why he couldn't be gently exercised. It will keep him happy and healthy to continue with his usual routine. But definately get ahold of your vet/farrier if your worried it could be bad.

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post #3 of 9 Old 12-28-2008, 08:30 AM
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ya I would get the vet ASAP

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post #4 of 9 Old 12-28-2008, 08:50 AM
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i've had a look definatly not thrush ,he does have white line as a lot of the horses on our isle do,we really should really get canomague horses , it's so wet ,highest rainfall of anywhere in the uk ,the crack starting to grow out it's been there for about 3 years ,his feet are quite soft ,we asked a very good farrier to look at it about a month ago and he suggested removing the shoes along with some good hoof husbandry was the way to go ,we'll get the vet to have a look on tue ,we only have one vet here and he's not that great with horses,but really think it's something that just has to be given time and good foot husbandary ,he has been out for a while today ,but with the feild like it is i would be worried about mud fever ,there is always walks along the beach
highlander it's been at least 6 weeks,and he came to us like this
he's not lame at all

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post #5 of 9 Old 12-28-2008, 10:08 AM
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my horse was having similar problems because we moved from a desert region to a very rainy region...I started using ground stabilized flax in his diet...its been about 6 weeks now and his feet look lots better. I also daily squirt some apple cider vinegar in all edges frog etc.
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post #6 of 9 Old 12-28-2008, 12:07 PM
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Is it possible to post pics of your horses feet?

I believe that by removing the shoes you will be able to get a better handle of the problems you are having. First you can have your farrier remove any parifieral (sp) loading on the hoof walls. This will allow the crack to grow out and not continue to get larger...

Which direction is the crack? Again photos of the foot would be helpfull. Also by removing the shoes you can treat the whiteline & thrush. Does your horse have high heels? very common on horses with thrush.
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post #7 of 9 Old 12-28-2008, 12:54 PM
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I wouldn't mind seeing some photos as well. I would get him followed up by a vet mainly because you already know of a pre-existing condition. There are a lot of great hoof supplements out there but it's finding the right one for you guys. If the vet isn't sure which one is going to be best then get your farrier out.
Depending on how bad the crack is, would boarding your horse temporarely somewhere be an option? technically if it's bad you really wouldn't have an option but to move your horse where it's dry until things get back together.
What breed is your guy?

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post #8 of 9 Old 12-28-2008, 09:55 PM
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A crack usually means there is imbalance. ie, a toe crack usually means the heel is too high, a quarter crack usually means the other side of the foot is too high puting pressure where the crack is. To relieve the crack you need to relieve the loading on the wall where the crack is. The hoof walls should never carry the weight. It should be distributed between the frog and the outer circumference of the hoof with the wall being level or even slightly shorter than the sole. See my post about navicular to get a handle on the thrush issue.
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post #9 of 9 Old 12-29-2008, 10:45 PM
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He'd do better on full turnout. There is a LOT more bacteria and nasties in a stall than out in a pasture. If it's too wet, then keep him in, but change his bedding frequently.

You need to get on a good 4-6 week trimming schedule. I'd recommend putting him on a hoof supplement too, something like BioFlax20, Quick Links

To cure the funk, I HIGHLY recommend Oxine AH. You'll need two soaking boots, Oxine, and the activator. Use 1/2 cup of Oxine, 1 gallon of water, and 1/2 tsp of the citric acid activator. Mix up, poor in the boot, and stick your horse's foot in. Do the other foot at the same time. Soak for 20 minutes, then carefully remove the horse's foot (keep the liquid in) and use the same soak for the back feet.

Soak every other day until the infection is gone. Soak once a week to prevent infection until the feet start healing.

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