Now that I am back with the horses from teaching riding lessons at a summer camp, I finally have time to update you guys on Cat's hoof progress. I had a VERY hard time getting a decent farrier out to the camp, so Cat ended up having the heartbars and equipack on until mid July... (trust me.. I feel terrible for not being able to get a farrier out any sooner but no one would call me back or come out to shoe one horse) I ended up having the camp's regular farrier, who specializes in natural hoofcare, take a look at her. I showed him the x-rays from May, but he was more convinced that she most likely has heal pain rather than just the navicular as the main problem. He recommended that I find a barefoot trimmer I could continue to use once I got home before he pulled her shoes.
When I found a trimmer and he pulled her shoes, she had MAJOR thrush underneath the equipack... The equipack was supposed to have an anti-fungal medication mixed in it, but I guess it messed up after being on her hooves for so long. Anyway, she ended up doing extremely well barefoot and wasn't lame at all despite not having shoes.
Five weeks later (and we are now home), I called a near-by barefoot trimmer to come out. She was extremely nice and thorough with both of my mares. She had me lunge Cat at the walk and trot in both directions and walk Cat to and away from her. She noted that Cat traveled more flat-footed when she strided out, but tip-toed a LOT more when slowed down. She thought that the heel pain was probably caused by the thrush in her frogs (still remaining from the old-equipack) and her heels being so contracted (like you guys spotted on the old thread). She also noticed that Cat has white line disease in all of her hooves, but more in the front than the back. However, she said that the disease was common in many horses she had seen recently due to the wet and damp conditions we have had in my area lately.
(Anyone know of a good thrush medication that I could use with Cat? The farrier recommended squirting this: http://www.lambertvetsupply.com/Tomo...pr--040FTD0812 into her frogs to get rid of the nastiness in there... thoughts?)
This farrier recommended that I try using an "Easyboot Glove" with medium density pads on her fronts once the thrush is cleared up to give her some cushion on her heels and encourage her to move properly. She said that she would come out and help me fit them with the pads in a couple weeks when she was out to trim my neighbor's horses. Anyone have any experience using these boots?
Anyway... onto the after pictures! (I forgot to take befores, but there are some in the thread posted at the top from when she had the heartbars on.)