WLD & Thrush... & Using a Barefoot Trimmer?
All three of my horses have WLD and Thrush. They are being treated for it with Hooflex Thrush Remedy and my stallion is also on DuMour Hoof Supplement (and, when the catalogues come in, I plan on ordering some White Lightening and maybe some Hoof Rx Spray or CleanTrax) and they are on an eight week schedule with a barefoot trimmer (though she's said that my gelding and mare might be able to be put on a twelve week schedule and my stallion might have to be put on a six week schedule).
Anyway, today was their first barefoot trim and I was wondering how it looked... The trimmer said that it will take a few trims to get their hooves back looking great, as she had to cut out a lot of seperation and hoof wall... and my stallion's coffin bone in one of his front hooves points slightly more downwards than what is normal, but the trimmer said we can probably get that fixed later on and it's not bothering him...
So... here are the hooves! I will spread them with out over a few posts, since I have a lot of pictures...
DAKOTA FRONT RIGHT
DAKOTA FRONT LEFT
DAKOTA HIND RIGHT
DAKOTA HIND LEFT
More on next post!
DAKOTA HIND LEFT
Due to so many pictures, I'll be making a seperate thread for each of my horses hooves...
:( Same as other post on this work.
Hmmm... I checked out the other posts on Gypsie I think it was. Both Gypsie and Dakota's trim leave something to be desired. The heels are still forward, the toes are still long on the front. Looks like maybe one of the backs had the toe snubbed right off, frog could have been trimmed to help expose the thrush in the central sulci. As for the non-existent wall due to the separation, I'm not sure how I would have handled that, but I wouldn't have left a space for more dirt and bacteria to get in the for sure. This also would have caused me some problems with how to deal with the long toes on the fronts. There really isn't any wall to work with as the whole foot has grown forward. I had something similare mare that came to me and it took several months of rasping right back to the white line to get the entire foot back underneath her.
What did she advise you to do for daily care? IMO, you really need to keep those feet clean and dry to prevent the deterioration in the white line from continuing to climb up faster than new hoof can grow down.
She just told me to get something for both white line and thrush and pick the hooves out daily and apply whatever I get to their hooves as it says on the bottle. She also advised me to get my stallion a hoof supplement, which he is on as he doesn't have the best hooves in the world. Lol.
This trimmer is compromising your horses hooves. Please find a certified farrier who will help these horses, not hinder them. I know you want the best for your animals, this person is not the best, not even close, more like one of the worst category.
There are some balance issues with what I see with these hooves along with disease control that would be helpful with your horses hoof condition.
I would keep the trims on a 4 week schedule and not any longer then that. I would use the WL treatment squirted into the diseased areas with a syringe and then follow up with No Thrush. This has worked great for all the horses we've worked on.
I wonder if you would pick up a rasp and knives to do some of this on your own in between your trimmers visits? Also, how often are you doing the treatments for disease control?
Not sure where you are in NE AL but I'll be glad to message you the name & number of a certified farrier journeyman. Both his work and his handling of the horses is fantastic.
Good idea GreyHorse. I've stopped arguing with the barefoot ideas. Now I'm just laughing at em. With all the chemical treatments for disease control, boot fitting, maintenance trimmings in between trims, mustang roll practice classes, measuring and rationing of special hoof-strengthening supplements, strict regulation of sugar intake, and conditioning horses for different terrain, How do they find time to actually go for a real ride?
Then when the horse is lame, owner gets the blame for not following up on the extensive barefoot maintenance program.
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