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post #1 of 4 Old 09-30-2012, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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Should I worry about this?

We've been getting a lot of rain from a tropical storm system, so Chief has turned his pace line into mud and he has one hoof with a pad on it that I'm concerned about. There's really no way to keep his feet dry at all.

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Any advice or experiences with this?
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-30-2012, 11:04 PM
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What is the pad on for, is there any chance you can get it taken off? I would be concerned about bacteria building up under there and not being able to clean it properly. My horses heels look similar to his after coming to the end of a wet winter. My farrier has had me washing and drying the feet every second day and applying lots of manuka honey which is antibacterial and provides a barrier between the hoof/heels and the wet ground. That's about all I can offer since I am only really learning about the care of horses feet now myself.
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looks like like major thrush to me. I think I would get that pad taken off and get the foot treated.

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post #4 of 4 Old 09-30-2012, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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The pad was put on because he had an abcess on that hoof, and the farrier drained the abcess and put the pad on. We're calling him tomorrow to see when he's going to be in our area again. He doesn't seem to be bothered by it while walking or when I touch it.
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