I rescued this horse from a home where she was neglected for two years, left in a field all alone as a backyard ornament.
My farrier has tried gluing on shoes backwards but they came off.
The bottom of the hoof is flat. She started foundering but has been off grass for a month now, the x-rays only showed slight rotation in one of the front feet. She has some hair loss and rubbing around the fetlocks. I am treating that with Dresden (the diaper rash stuff) and I am using hoof hardner on her hoofs. She will not allow me to pick up her front feet for more then a few seconds. She can trot just fine but no cantering. I am not riding her.
Supplement wise she is on bute for now and biotin for hoof growth.
If anyone can offer any advice on keeping her comfortable and healthy please let me know. If anyone knows how to teach a horse to lie down that would really really help me since she wont hold her feet up for the hoof hardener.
You can see from the pictures that there are fibers poking out the bottom of the hoof, the feet are too short, the hoof wall is pealing back, and there is a lot of grooves in the hoof wall.
For starters get them out of the mud!, I had a similar problem with my horse and I thought the farrier did a horrible job, I had a second person come and look at them only for them to tell me they needed to grow up and then they could be shaped a little better.
I cannot really get her out of the mud, it isn't my boarding facility and she needs to be off grass. In Virginia it keeps raining so it'll be a while till it gets dry.
The farrier and vet said to keep her in the mud to keep her comfortable. Despite her comfort I think it is taking a toll on her feet. She has already been on bute for a month so I have to start weaning her off. These pics were taken today and the vet was out four weeks ago. They looked better at that time.
You might just have to give it time, and let them grow out.
I've never really heard of letting a horse stand in mud for comfort. In the long run the mud will take a toll on the horses feet. They will become rotten from all the moisture and bacteria and they could become very dry and brittle.
Are you sure about the dry and brittle part? They seem too soft. I was told to use hoof hardener...
If it were your horse would you leave the horse in the mud paddock to avoid eating grass (b/c she started to founder) or would you move her to a grass paddock and leave a grazing muzzle on that has already started rubbing patches of fur off her cheekbones??
I am going to have to disagree with Equestruin in this case!
It is good for a horse to stand in mud for certian amounts of time and it will not make the hooves dry and brittle the exact opposite actually. A horse needs to take in some moisture thru the hoofs (that is where the mud comes in) However they shouldn't be standing in mud all the time because then they will develop thrush.
Whlie her hoofs are as short as they are I would also advise you to leave her on as soft as ground as possible! If the coffin bone has already started to rotated don't take the chance of putting her back on grass. Founder is a very serious matter and should be handled accordingly.
Her feet aren't terrible, I have seen much much horse (where the hoof has actually turned up so much that it is touching the front of the leg) You are doing the right thing by having her routinly checked my the farrier and vet. Keep up what you are doing and be patient for that hoof to grow back correctly.
I do advise taking her off the bute though and let her deal with some bit of discomfort for her own good. Bute is not good on a horses liver, same as drugs are harmful to a humans liver.
Horse's hooves suffer when the environment fluctuates between wet and dry. So when she take him out of standing in the mud all day to actually being able to put him in dry they can become very dry and cracked. Like you said the feet can develop thrush and/or scratches (a skin infection in the fetlock area that can cause lameness). Horses that stand in mud all day are more prone to infections and abscesses.
Also, it might just be his skin but it looks really red and irritated.
Last edited by White Foot; 06-26-2009 at 10:41 PM.