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    11-30-2012, 10:25 AM
  #1
Weanling
Hot Hooves????? HELP!

My two mini horses' feet are oddly hot lately. Not just warm, but hot!! One of my minis frog's are almost sticking out and split. What is the best solution I can do for them right now? The mini with the split frogs, is 7 months old and the other mini is 5 years old. My baby's hooves are very hot by the base of the hoof and around the ankles and on the hooves themselves. It is very strange and I don't think it is right! HELP!
     
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    11-30-2012, 10:30 AM
  #2
Showing
Could be laminitis or founder, which ponies and minis are extremely prone to getting.

You really need to call your farrier and have them come out and give you an indication of what's going on, but my bet is for either laminitis or founder. You need to do this TODAY. Not tomorrow, next week, or wait until the first of January. If it's founder and you have rotation, the coffin bones could well punch through the soles of the foot. If it's bad enough, the farrier will recommend you call in your vet.

I can't stress how much this is a very serious thing, and you simply can't wait to call in a professional.

In the meantime, if you have them on any type of grain or feed, take them off immediately. You may also want to start soaking their hay to wash off any excess sugars and starches. Also, if they're willing, soaking their feet in cold water may give them some relief.
     
    11-30-2012, 10:30 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Founder?? What is their diet? Is there a pulse in the hooves? Are they walking funny? Do you have current pictures from today?
     
    11-30-2012, 10:57 AM
  #4
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Could be laminitis or founder, which ponies and minis are extremely prone to getting.

You really need to call your farrier and have them come out and give you an indication of what's going on, but my bet is for either laminitis or founder. You need to do this TODAY. Not tomorrow, next week, or wait until the first of January. If it's founder and you have rotation, the coffin bones could well punch through the soles of the foot. If it's bad enough, the farrier will recommend you call in your vet.

I can't stress how much this is a very serious thing, and you simply can't wait to call in a professional.

In the meantime, if you have them on any type of grain or feed, take them off immediately. You may also want to start soaking their hay to wash off any excess sugars and starches. Also, if they're willing, soaking their feet in cold water may give them some relief.

Yes!!!
     
    11-30-2012, 12:13 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Founder is also my guess - big time founder if the hooves are hot.

If you can ice pack their hooves, do that. If not, put the cold water hose to their hooves, about 15 minutes each hoof.

Soaking foundered hooves in cold water isn't the first line of defense anymore but, if they won't let you pack them in ice, you've got no choice.

While you're standing there doing all that, get the cell phone out and call the farrier AND the vet "five minutes ago".

As others have stated, this nothing to mess with or leave go.

And by all means take away their grain. Just give them grass hay, NO alfalfa. Soak their hay for now, until the vet can give you instructions.

Unless they got into the grain bin, they have foundered on Fall grass which is every bit as dangerous as spring grass <---even if it's brown, the roots are alive and forcing sugars up the ground on warm days.

Good luck
     
    11-30-2012, 12:19 PM
  #6
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
Soaking foundered hooves in cold water isn't the first line of defense anymore but, if they won't let you pack them in ice, you've got no choice.
Agreed walk, but the reason I suggested soaking instead of icing is that one of them is 7 months old, and probably wouldn't take too kindly to ice packs.

I hope the OP has taken our advice and at least called her farrier. This could get really ugly really fast, and is nothing to take lightly.
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    11-30-2012, 12:31 PM
  #7
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Agree other than a lot of new research now says that icing or cold hosing is the wrong thing to do so Its something that you probably should research and discuss with your vet as it was always the common thing to do and so many different opinions on it now.
This is one of the many problems that can arise when people want to give their horses a natural life - 24/7 turnout which is wonderful but for ponies like shetlands and minis a natural life is where they evolved - the sparse poor grass of an area of Scotland that struggles to support life at all yet these ponies survive and also worked really hard off it.

Some general info
http://www.laminitisclinic.org/Expla...hapter%205.pdf
     
    11-30-2012, 12:59 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Speed Racer, I am sorry. I did not read that part of your comment and was only re-iterating something I had said on another thread


Interesting article JayDee, I saved it - lol lol

I was going to copy/paste the paragraph on cold the water method but the article must be locked somehow because it won't let me paste it.

The next paragraph on bleeding was not impressive - lol lol I have never heard of bleeding a horse for founder. That sounds mighty dangerous to drain a gallon of blood to lower blood pressure

I hope there's a good update to this thread

     
    11-30-2012, 01:24 PM
  #9
Showing
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
Speed Racer, I am sorry. I did not read that part of your comment and was only re-iterating something I had said on another thread
Oh heavens, nothing to be sorry about! I'm not some delicate, speshul snowflake who gets her panties in a twist if someone corrects me.
     
    11-30-2012, 03:54 PM
  #10
Weanling
Thank you so much everyone!! We have called the vet, but she has to call us back, our farrier is coming over in a while, and when I get home I will ice her hooves. The 5 year old mini doesn't have hot hooves, but has problems with her frog. The 7 month old foal lets me do anything with her (literally everything), so I can do ice packs for her or whatever's best.
     

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