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    06-21-2011, 02:24 PM
  #11
Foal
My horse suffered severe laminitis from Potomac Horse Fever. Duct tape on the raw soles, epsom salt, banamin and bute daily interchangable got him through it. It took several years. He also was plagued with absesses afterward and even had to have subsequent surgery to remove a large keratoma. Packing and cleaning the wound every other day for nearly a year got him through it, but what work! I think it was due to not shoeing him but rather listening to "natural" hoof care enthusiasts.

As far as leaving your horse barefoot, I wouldn't advise it if he is soft-footed and prone to laminitis. In my limited experience, my horse has not had an absess since I started this procedure and decided to use farrier instead of "natural" hoof care. My advice: shoe your horse regularly and year round to prevent further problems with absesses.
     
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    06-21-2011, 08:39 PM
  #12
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Green Broke
Every horse is different and needs to be treated as an individual. It looks like his heels are extremely long and should be brought down.

Two horses foundered at our barn. Rogue was pretty fat and was not overfed = he just an "easy" keeper. He foundered and went on a dry lot for months in the arena! No grass for him. His owner did natural hoof trimming and she had to stuff the little holes in his white line which she did diligently. She was able to ride him 6 months later. He is going strong and his feet are doing great.

Another horse foundered and the owners were spending BIG bucks having her treated...to the tune of $400 shoeings. Her hooves looked like melted ice cream cones. A barefoot trimmer, who is also a world class endurance competitor, came and did a barefoot trimming clinic with us. The mare could barely stand on the concrete even with pads. By the end of the trim she was licking her lips and when turned out in the arena she started trotting around and bucking. This mare had been crippled bad.

She is doing well, she canters and bucks in her pasture like the wild woman Arabian she is which is thrilling to all of us at the barn.

Put Easy Boot Gloves on your boy. We all have EBG's for our horses when we need them. They are easy to use and a great help if your horse is a little sore or if the ground is rocky. Right now, until I grow out the crack/hole in Biscuit's hoof, he will be ridden in his EBG. He had this crack when I got him and I am hoping to see it gone for good in 3 months of a good Mustang Roll!! Good luck and read up on barefoot trimming. It may not be for everyone but I have seen it work miracles.
     
    06-21-2011, 11:28 PM
  #13
Started
I also agree that before you do anything, you need to know how much rotation you're dealing with... Meaning xrays. Laminitis does not always mean rotation.

My horse also had a laminitis attack 4 years ago. I took him to the vet soon after I got him and learned he had little to no rotation. He just goes barefoot with regular trims and I've never had issues. He is pastured 24/7.
     
    06-22-2011, 06:17 PM
  #14
Foal
Yes, you bring up a great point there is no one-fix-all method when it comes to foot care. My foundered horse was severely rotated, but the rotation has improved through corrective trimming/shoeing and can now be ridden. My other horse has extremely hard soles and never abcesses or foot problems thus far. He does fine with just trimming.
     

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