Hoof issues- very upset and need advice
My horse is 4 years old, and is trimmed every 4-5 weeks by a barefoot trimmer. The farrier was out 2 weeks ago, and told me my horse had the start of white line disease in all of his hooves.
Since then, I have been doing everything that was instructed (picking out feet every day and trying to scrape the gunk out of his white lines, soaking three times a week in white lightnings, and examining and fixing his feed). I found out his diet was lacking in a bunch of minerals and vitamins, so got that fixed up a few days ago and he is now getting the vitamins and minerals required.
My problem is that it isn't working. In two weeks, the white line disease has gotten much worse, despite all the treatments I've been following. I try to scrape the stuff out every day, but I am scraping out 1/4 inch into the white line, and still meeting infected tissues (i'm nervous to scrape into the white line too much).
I have never dealt with this issue before, and am very frusterated and upset. The past two days, he has started becomming ouchie when his feet are handled and picked out. I am planning to call the farrier today and see if she will come out today or tomorrow to take a look.
What else can I do to treat this? I'm tempted to tell her to just cut out all the bad stuff, even if it makes him lame for a bit to get this cleared up. For some reason, its spreading very quickly, and I wan't to get this taken care of asap!
Does anyone know of horses who had resections done? How long do they take to recover, and what can I expect if this is the route we go down?
Also, my barefoot trimmer said that if the walls needed to be resected, she would have to refer me to someone who can put shoes on (as she doesn't do shoes).
Do they need shoes after a resection, or is it better to leave them barefoot? I'm just wondering what they would nail the shoe to if they had to resect a bunch of wall??
I really need advice here. I'm freaking out, and keep thinking of the worst possible outcomes.